The coronavirus outbreak has changed employment conditions for millions of people across the United States. In this time of uncertainty, the attorneys at Halunen Law are dedicated to protecting your employment rights. If you have been retaliated against or terminated during the coronavirus pandemic for any of the following reasons, you may have the right to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.
Reporting Safety Concerns
A lack of PPE, and an employer’s failure to enforce safety measures, and social distancing in the workplace, are common concerns for many employees. If you were terminated for bringing up safety concerns to your employer, you may have a claim for wrongful termination. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) prohibits employers from terminating or retaliating against an employee for filing a complaint about workplace safety.
Taking Medical Leave
If your employer terminates you for taking a medical leave, they risk violating The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA requires employers who employ more than 50 employees to give their employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for a child with a serious medical condition (which can include COVID-19).
(FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Examples include caring for an individual subject to quarantine, or to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed for reasons related to COVID-19.
Protections for Quarantined Employees with Covid-19 in Minnesota
Minn. Stat. 144.4196 prohibits adverse actions against employees for up to 21 consecutive workdays when an employee is subject to isolation or quarantine.
Following a Shelter-In-Place Order
If your employer retaliates against you or terminates you for following a public policy order, you may have a right to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99 continues to mandate that all employees who can work from home must do so. It may be illegal for your employer to force you to come into work if you do not have to do so, or to retaliate against you for refusing to go into work in violation of this Order.
Violating Parental Rights During Covid-19
With many daycare centers and schools closed to in-person learning, parents who work are struggling to find ways to make sure their children are learning and being cared for at home, while still doing their job. There are laws in place in Minnesota that protect the rights of parents in the workplace. If you feel your employer has discriminated against you for your familial status, contact Halunen Law to speak with an experienced employment law attorney today.
Contact Halunen Law
During these continued uncertain times, you need a strong team in your corner to fight for your rights. Halunen Law is committed to ensuring that your employment rights are protected.
Contact Halunen Law for a free and confidential legal consultation today.