Several employers have fired workers who were quarantined due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This opens the question as to whether or not companies have the right to fire an employee if they want to take sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many questions to be answered before this answer will be known with certainty, but to make sure that you are fully protected, you will want to have a knowledgeable wrongful termination lawyer on your side. Without proper representation, it would be too easy for your ex-employer to brush you aside and move onto other things.
It could also be that you were not exposed directly, but fear being exposed in the work environment. This would be especially applicable if you routinely care for a person who would be at high risk, such as an elderly parent or young child, especially if they already have any medical condition that has compromised their immune system. Getting time off from work to care for them and remain distanced from any type of exposure could mean the difference between life and death for the person you are caring for.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employees cannot be fired from for a set of covered disabilities. The COVID-19 virus is called a novel virus because we don’t know enough about it yet. While we await more information, certain protections have been put into place. One of these is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). This act makes the requirement that certain employers are to provide paid sick leave and/or medical leave for certain aspects pertaining to COVID-19.
If you have been terminated from your job because of issues relating to the COVID-19 virus, you may have rights that can restore your job or provide other types of relief. Contact our office online or by calling 702-259-7777 today to see how we can help you get through this challenge and receive the compensation that you deserve.