A Vermont single mother of two was forced to lose her job and then was denied unemployment benefits from the state, causing her to become homeless and flee to Florida — all because she chose not to take a COVID-19 vaccine.
The story was initially covered in The Epoch Times, a conservative international newspaper and media company based in New York City. Reporter Patricia Tolson interviewed Karen “Kay Sea” Skau, who overcame a serious medical condition and found a new job and apartment, only to lose it all over her vaccination status.
While Skau’s vaccination status was a deal-breaker for her tenure with the kitchen cutting board company JK Adams in Dorset, Skau said her reputation as a political conservative was largely unwelcome to her co-workers.
The story has garnered some responses from social media — Twitter user @Gerge97558 called it “surreal” that people are now getting forced to move around the country due to vaccine mandates.
It's surreal -people have to run to a safe state in order to have a job and be free not to gamble with vax.
Vermont Woman Fired, Denied Unemployment for Refusing Vaccine, Becomes Homeless and Flees to Florida @GovRonDeSantis@HawleyMO @RonnyJacksonTX https://t.co/OtictonWpq
— George (@George97558) October 5, 2021
Another Twitter user suggests that Vermont has “Marxist Socialist Racist bigot Democrats” in control.
Vermont Woman Fired, Denied Unemployment for Refusing Vaccine, Becomes Homeless and Flees to Florida.
She is fleeing to one of the States that the Marxist Socialist Racist bigot Democrats do not control?https://t.co/p0kaQiu3mZ
— Mangus Colorado (@MangusColorado) October 5, 2021
Skau has been in the news before. She was the victim of a physical attack at the Statehouse during a Vermont Liberty rally back in May when she was struck in the face and pepper-sprayed.
Skau said shortly after the incident, which garnered local media attention, a company-wide letter was distributed about asking employees to share their vaccination status.
On May 18 she informed the company she would not be volunteering such information, and shortly afterward she was scolded by a superior. She was then asked to sign a statement concerning her non-compliance with the company masking policy which she didn’t sign. After that she was fired.
Two weeks ago she found out that she would be denied unemployment assistance because she was to blame for losing her job.
Skau, unable to keep up with her home and car expenses, ultimately she became homeless. She left Vermont and now resides in Florida with a family member of a friend.
“Because I stood up against the vaccine mandate … that’s why I’m in Florida now,” she said.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken numerous stances against COVID-19 mandates, both for masks and vaccines. On Twitter DeSantis reminded followers last week that increasing mandates further restricts the workforce.
Florida workers should not lose their jobs based on COVID shots. The City of Gainesville rescinded its mandate, which threatened to kill many jobs.
We must protect the jobs of hard-working Floridians from destructive mandates imposed by local politicians.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2021
Skau said JK Adams repeatedly told her she was good at her job, and that she does not believe her termination had anything to do with work performance.
The JK Adams company did not return True North’s request for comment.