Is your employer doing everything possible to protect you from COVID-19? Here are a few simple questions to ask yourself:
• Is your employer providing sufficient personal protective equipment (or PPE) like facemasks, gloves, and hand sanitizer?
• Does your employer enforce social-distancing guidelines?
• Do you feel safe? Or do you feel like you are working too close for comfort?
For instance, because there’s a greater demand right now for shipping and delivery services, many large delivery companies have increased hiring to capture more profit. And as they’ve increased hiring, they’ve decreased distancing between employees.
It’s the same story with meat processing plants, which are especially susceptible to COVID-19 exposure considering their tight quarters.
Fast food restaurants are another industry that have repeatedly been reported as neglecting social distancing guidelines.
If you’ve found yourself in a situation like one of these, you need to know that you have rights.
The pandemic has changed the landscape of your work environment, and your employer is legally required to provide a safe environment for you and your fellow employees. If you feel this isn’t happening, it might be time to discuss your rights—and potential remedies—with a lawyer.
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