Can I sue my employer over the Coronavirus?
While the United States and the world battles the Coronavirus outbreak, some employees may become exposed to the virus during their work activities. It could be a nurse, home health aide, nurse practitioner, or any other position. Remember that your employer has to provide provide protection for you at all times including during this pandemic.
During this Coronavirus outbreak, remember that employers need to comply with the National Labor Relations Act, including the concerted activity protections that apply to non-unionized and unionized employers. Please note, any concerted activity designed to increase workplace safety would be protected. Please remember that non-unionized workers that join together cannot be disciplined or discriminated against based on protected concerted activity, which can include refusing to work for safety reasons or declining to work without a mask.
Any changes to the terms and conditions of employment of union-represented workers because of the outbreak could result in disputes with a union, unless employers contact unions in advance.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams has said that the general public to stop buying masks. He said saying masks are not needed to protect healthy people from the virus. Workers, though, might still want to be allowed to wear masks on the job.
If the employer nonetheless makes it clear he or she does not employees to wear masks and disciplines workers who do anyway, they may have a claim under the NLRA, officials said. Disagreements over whether enough personal protective equipment is being provided have been documented. Nurses in Washington state and California say they have had to beg for N95 masks which are thicker than surgical masks and can block out much smaller particles.
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