Workplace Updates, COVID-19, and OSHA Lawsuits

Nov 6

In New York State, COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with the total infection rate soaring to over 520,000. Though economies are reopening, New York workplaces are being forced to adjust to these tumultuous times to protect workers’ rights or to face the consequences of potential lawsuits.

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been closely monitoring and investigating COVID-19 related complaints. As of October 22, OSHA had issued just under 150 COVID-related citations. With no specific standards in place to handle COVID-19 work mandates, OSHA has reported the following as the most commonly cited citations to date:

Though many of the reported complaints were focused on industries that remained open during the height of the pandemic or experienced high potential for exposure, such as healthcare, retail, and manufacturing, it does not mean that other employees returning to the physical workplace cannot file claims if their rights have been violated.

Filing COVID-19 Complaints in New York State

In addition to the sick and family leave as well as disability benefits for New York employees impacted by the virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo has enacted other measures meant to protect New York employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can file an employee complaint in New York for any of the following reasons:

Remember, as an employee in New York State, you have legal rights that cannot be infringed upon due to COVID-19.

New York State Employee Rights Advocate During COVID-19: Brown Kwon & Lam

If you are an employee in New York, know that a global pandemic does not take away your rights and access to legal representation, even as infection numbers begin to decline. At Brown Kwon & Lam, we will evaluate your case and help you seek action against your employer if you have been a victim of an OSHA violation during the novel coronavirus.

If you are in need of legal counsel, contact the New York employee rights attorneys of Brown Kwon & Lam today.

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