March 31, 2020 - Posts

What Workers Should Know About Their Rights During The Coronavirus Pandemic

As the scale of the coronavirus crisis has become clearer, companies in the U.S. have been taking dramatic steps that impact their workers. These companies have lawyers in their corner. Too often, workers—who are the most vulnerable during this crisis—do not. At Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, we believe workers deserve the same level of guidance about their legal rights as the companies that employ them. Here are some of the rights you have during this difficult and uncertain time:

 

PAY FOR ALL OF THE TIME YOU SPEND WORKING

During the coronavirus pandemic, many companies have not paid their employees properly. Some examples include:

If you believe you have not been paid properly, we are here to help 7 days a week. For a free and confidential consultation call us at (615) 744-9379 or email us at info@barrettjohnston.com.

 

PAID AND UNPAID LEAVE

For more information on how FFCRA expands workers’ rights to paid leave, here is a helpful poster from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

If your employer has denied you leave or retaliated against you in any way for seeking leave, we are here to help 7 days a week. For a free and confidential consultation call us at (615) 744-9379 or email us at info@barrettjohnston.com.

 

REASONABLE WORK ACCOMMODATIONS FOR WORKERS AT HIGH RISK OF CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), employers must make reasonable accommodations for certain workers with disabilities. Workers with underlying medical conditions that place you at greater risk of coronavirus infection (for example, asthma, compromised immune systems, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, etc.) may qualify for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. One accommodation some employers can make is allowing work from home where possible. You must make a request for an accommodation if you need one.

 
For more information on how work from home can serve as an ADA accommodation, here is a helpful fact sheet from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 
If your employer has denied a request for a reasonable accommodation, we are here to help 7 days a week. For a free and confidential consultation call us at (615) 744-9379 or email us at info@barrettjohnston.com.

 

MORE QUESTIONS?

The coronavirus pandemic and the government response to it has led to a changing legal landscape. We are here to help you navigate it. If you think your rights may have been violated, call us at (615) 744-9379 or email us at info@barrettjohnston.com for a free and confidential consultation.

 

At Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC, we put people first.

 


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