Coronavirus Issues Related to Employment Law
There are some unique/rare legal employment law issues that arise from the current state of affairs regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Can my employer/boss force me to go to work during coronavirus? Can I be disciplined for taking off work because I am feeling sick? Can I be disciplined for attendance for failing to show up to work out of caution? These are all valid questions that should be analyzed keeping in mind California’s existing anti-discriminatory, anti-retaliation, and sick leave laws. Employers should exercise caution when denying employees the ability to work from home when such a reasonable accommodation can be made. Employees who experience harassment or discrimination due to feeling symptoms of coronavirus or out of an abundance of caution of contracting or spreading coronavirus should contact a lawyer immediately to discuss their rights.