KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, Nov. 5 | Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt was joined by 10 other states in filing the lawsuit against the private employer vaccine mandate on Friday.
The lawsuit aims to halt the mandate, claiming it is unlawful.
🚨 BREAKING: This morning, Missouri led a coalition of 11 states in filing suit to HALT the Biden Administration's unlawful vaccine mandate on private employers, making us the first states to file suit.
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) November 5, 2021
ORIGINAL STORY, Nov. 4 | Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Thursday that he will sue to stop the new government rule that mandates companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 or get tested weekly.
The mandate by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is set to take effect Thursday.
Pres. Biden previewed the mandate in September, and the requirements are estimated to affect up to 84 million workers.
“The federal government does not have the authority to unilaterally force private employers to mandate their employees get vaccinated or foot the bill for weekly testing. I’ve been in discussions with businesses in Missouri, including a trailer manufacturing company in mid-Missouri, who say that this vaccine mandate will crush their business," Schmitt said in a statement. "We will be on file first thing tomorrow morning to halt this illegal, unconstitutional attempt by the Biden Administration and the federal government to impose their will on thousands of Missouri businesses and millions of Missourians. Missouri will not roll over, we will not back down – we will file suit imminently.”
Schmitt announced a similar lawsuit last week against the mandate requiring federal contractors to get vaccinated.