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Vermont woman fired, denied unemployment for vaccine rejection, fled to Florida

Karen “KC” Scau is the single mother of two adult children, Zachary (2) and Colby (21) who lived in Vermont. He applied for a job at JK Adams in Dorset – a kitchen cutting board manufacturer and serving tray and seller of a variety of kitchen appliances – and was hired in November 2020, just before Thanksgiving. Endometriosis – which required multiple surgeries and left him unable to work – he was finally proud to be able to stand on his own two feet.

“It was my first job in 10 years so it was a huge deal for me,” Squaw told The Epoch Times. “As a mother of two, going back to work after a terrible illness was a big deal for me. I got my first apartment because I was going through a divorce so it was a huge step towards independence. My marriage was extremely humiliating so it took me a long time to overcome everything and build myself up with my confidence and everything.

Squaw loved his new job. He said the company was large enough where there were good numbers of people but still small enough where “your family had feelings.” He worked in shipping and receiving, which he described as “very physical work”. But he didn’t think anything of it.

“I work when I work,” Scow said. “I love to work. I am a hard worker. “

In a very short time, Squaw has even earned a living. However, office politics has not begun to cast a shadow over his satisfaction.

“People weren’t very nice to me because I wasn’t from Vermont,” Scowe recalled. “If you are not born there, they discriminate against you.”

Since Vermont is a solid blue state, his local colleagues also reacted strongly to his political views.

“They knew I was conservative,” Squaw said. “I didn’t hide it but I didn’t even touch their faces, and they knew how I felt about masks and accessories.”

As an employee of JK Adams, Squaw described how he had to answer health questions every morning before being allowed to enter the factory. Once inside, he said “anyone not qualified” would take his temperature “with a thermometer which was completely wrong every time.”

“Some days I was told that my temperature was about 94 degrees and I would look at them and say ‘You know it’s hypothermia right?'” Squaw said, “and they’ll say, ‘No, it’s okay. You’re okay.’ It was all smoke from a mirror. “

Because of the physical demands of his job, Scow chose to wear a neck guitar form mask because the thinner fabric was less restricted to his breathing. When he entered the factory, he was wearing a face mask. When he came to my station and there was no one around, he would take it down completely.

“I wouldn’t breathe in my own germs all day,” he said. “It’s extremely physical and you’re sweating all day.”

Karen ‘KC’ Squaw (right side of the arrow, in the back row) poses with masked staff in a group photo at the JK Adams facility in Dorset, VT. (Photo courtesy JK Adams Facebook page)

Although many of his colleagues did the same, Scow said he was the victim of daily commentary and ridicule because he did not follow the rules of the mask. Then comes the pressure to get vaccinated.

Although Scow never said out loud that he had not been vaccinated, he believes they assumed he was not because they knew he was conservative. According to Squaw, there was only one woman in the factory who had not been vaccinated and the others pressured the two of them every day, reminding them that they could not go anywhere without a vaccine passport.

“It was like every day they would give me their passive-aggressive comments,” Squaw recalled. “Even people like my boss were commenting around me and it was very clear and I was afraid to go to work because I was getting very sick of the comments. But no matter what they say, they weren’t going to threaten me with anything I believed. I don’t.

Although the daily gossip, comments, and laughter made it clear that his colleagues did not approve of his position on the status of masks and tickers, Scow believes that it bothered them the most because of his position as a conservative and the activities he was involved in outside the workplace.

Indeed, Scow believes that this was in support of his conservative policy, and not his state of vaccination, which ultimately led to his demise.

Paramedics were present after Karen 'KC' Squaw was attacked at a Vermont Liberty rally at Vermont State House on May 15, 2021.  (Photo courtesy Karen Scow)
Paramedics were present after Karen ‘KC’ Squaw was attacked at a Vermont Liberty rally at Vermont State House on May 15, 2021. (Photo courtesy Karen Scow)

Scout was allegedly assaulted after attending a Vermont Liberty rally at Vermont State House on May 15. After hitting him twice in the face with his open hand, again with a folded political mark, and then pepper was sprinkled in his eyes – Scout was at home the following Monday to recover from his injury. A local media outlet covered the incident.

When he returned home, Scou received an email. The email, received exclusively by The Epoch Times, was sent by Jani Adams CEO Daniel Isaac to “all employees.”

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In an email, Isaac said that when Vermont Governor Phil Scott “relaxed the order of masks for fully vaccinated people, JK Adams” decided to be cautious before making a final decision. ” Therefore management is now asking all “fully vaccinated” employees to “show us your vaccination card”.

May 17, 2021 Email from Daniel Isaac, CEO of JK Adams in Dorset, VT is requesting everyone "Completely vaccinated" Employees voluntarily show their vaccination cards.  (Photo courtesy of Karen Squaw)
An email dated May 17, 2021 from Daniel Isaacs, CEO of JK Adams in Dorset, VT, requested that all “fully vaccinated” employees voluntarily show their vaccination cards. (Photo courtesy Karen Scow)

Isaac assures, “It is not necessary but it enables us to determine whether the JKA here has immunity to sail.” “This information is confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes. You can see Mary or Lisa with your vaccine card, and they will note the dates. Again, this information will be kept confidential. ”

Despite reminding employees that the governor “relaxed the order of masks for fully vaccinated people”, Isaac told “all employees” that “here at JKA you must wear your mask.”

Although the email request was not mandatory, Squaw said there was “pressure” and for him, the request itself was a “sand line”.

“I wasn’t doing it. I was not going down that road. I don’t play their games anymore. When they start asking people for vaccine information, I have a problem. ”

Despite his fears, Scow went to work on the morning of May 18, knowing he would be forced to make a stand. He went inside without answering the necessary daily health questions and avoided taking his wrong temperature and when they didn’t seem to notice for a while, the supervisor came “after his double mask” and told him he didn’t have much time to take his temperature.

He told her he wasn’t doing it today and he stayed at his station and continued to work. Shortly afterwards, the higher ranking manager called Scout to his office and asked, “What’s going on?”

Squaw told him that it was not right that they were demanding vaccine information and that he no longer agreed to comply. He told her he knew the masks didn’t work and none of them were right and he reminded her how many times he told her he was one of his best staff. He told her he was willing to work, but she was not going to give him any health information because he did not believe it was his business.

After the discussion, Squaw returned to his station. Three hours later, he was called to the office of Daniel Isaac, CEO of JK Adams.

“He basically gave me a long speech about how he disappointed me and that’s how it had to be,” Scow said.

She told him that her health information was not her business.

That’s when Isaac gave Scout a paper.

The closing form, issued by Daniel Isaacs, CEO of JK Adams, in Dartset, VT, scheduled for May 18, 2021, indicates that Karen Scow, when she returned to work, was fired for refusing to comply with the company's mask policy.  (Photo courtesy Karen Scow)
A prediction form issued by JK Adams CEO Daniel Isaac on May 18, 2021 in Darset, VT, indicates that Karen Scout, when she returned to work, was fired for refusing to comply with the company’s mask policy. (Photo courtesy Karen Scow)

“On May 18, 2021,” the curiously foretold statement began, “Karen Scow refused to comply with the JK Adams masking policy in accordance with Vermont’s Executive Order No. 01-20 of the State. It agrees with this statement,” the form above the signature line. Ended, “Doing nothing wrong.”

After refusing to sign the form, Scout was briefly fired. Back in the country, Squaw immediately applied for unemployment. For three months he was assured by the unemployment office that everything was fine, until two weeks ago, when he was informed that his benefits were being denied.

“They said you weren’t qualified because it was your fault that you were fired,” Scow said. “So, because I stood against the vaccine order, they would not give me unemployment.

“That’s why I’m in Florida now,” Scow said.

In an effort to pay the rent, Scow said he was forced to look for a small job “out of the book.” But in the end he loses his apartment. Then his car broke down. Finding herself homeless and without transportation, Scow fled to Florida where she and her two cats are now living in a bedroom in her boyfriend’s mother’s house, “for this reason.”

“It was an opportunity in my life, I would live independently of myself,” Scow lamented. “You know, I did my best and they kept telling me how well I was doing in my job. So it wasn’t because I was a bad employee. It’s just because I stood up to this vaccine thing and said, and No.

The Epoch Times reached out to Isaac more than once for a statement but was told “JK Adams does not comment on company employees’ issues, or internal policies and procedures.”

Patricia Tolson

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Patricia Tolson is an award-winning political columnist and investigative reporter who has worked for news outlets like Yahoo! US News and The Tampa Free Press. Its focus is covering political events and developments across the southeastern United States, which could have an impact on the nation as a whole.

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