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COVID-19 and Employee Rights

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COVID-19 and Employee Rights

We Represent Workers Fired for Requesting PPE and Safe Working Conditions

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, many businesses have shut down altogether due to social distancing mandates. However, certain businesses – particularly in the healthcare, shipping, and grocery industries – have been deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open during the crisis. This means millions of workers in these industries are facing heightened risks of COVID-19 exposure at work.

Unfortunately, many employers have already threatened, reprimanded, or fired employees who speak up about the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and safer working conditions on the frontlines. Whether you are a doctor treating COVID-19 patients or a grocery store worker with a weakened immune system, you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job for seeking basic safety protections in the workplace. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our employment law attorneys are ready and willing to fight for your rights – and hold employers accountable for failing to protect their workers and the public from a dangerous pandemic.

Call (866) 634-4525 today or contact us online for a free consultation. Based in Los Angeles, our employment law team can assist workers in California and nationwide.

Employee Protections During COVID-19

Now that the United States has more COVID-19 cases than any other nation, most states have issued executive orders requiring citizens to stay at home or “shelter in place,” unless they are participating in an activity defined as essential. This means it is illegal for businesses to compel non-essential workers to come into the office, and it is also illegal for them to retaliate against workers who try to obey the law.

Essential workers also have protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, as these individuals face higher risks of contracting the coronavirus. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) already requires employers to maintain a reasonably safe and hazard-free working environment, and in light of the pandemic, OSHA has also issued new guidance about COVID-19.

Understanding the OSHA Guidance on Workplace Safety

Under the OSHA guidance, essential workers are divided into 4 categories of risk, based on the level of their predicted exposure to COVID-19. Because healthcare professionals are often required to help treat the virus, their risk of exposure is considered “very high.” For roles like these, employers are required to provide adequate PPE, hand sanitizer, disinfecting products, and a range of other environmental and administrative safeguards. Grocery store cashiers and retail workers, on the other hand, may only be considered “medium” risk, and employers are only required to implement environmental controls such as sneeze guards.

However, the OSHA guidance isn’t the only rule to keep in mind for low- and medium-risk workers: Under most social distancing orders, citizens are required to maintain 6 feet of distance from others in public. Some orders – such as the local mandate in Los Angeles County – also include specific mandates to wear non-surgical masks in public. If essential workers are unable to meet these requirements, it is improper for them to work in public-facing positions.

Workers Fired at Amazon and Hospitals Nationwide

Although employees do have clearly-defined rights during this crisis, some employers have refused to comply with social distancing orders and OSHA guidelines by threatening or terminating workers who fear for their safety. At Amazon’s vast warehouses, three workers have already been fired (and countless others reprimanded) for publicizing concerns about unsafe working conditions, or for refusing to work without PPE, proper sanitation methods, and other protections. Healthcare workers have also reported wrongful termination after speaking to the press about mask and testing kit shortages – or for asking their organizations for appropriate PPE.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you may have grounds to take legal action:

  • You are a healthcare worker concerned about patient safety because your hospital/clinic has not followed OSHA and state guidelines.
  • You have been disciplined, threatened, or fired for refusing to work without social distancing measures or PPE.
  • You have been terminated after advocating for better working conditions or reporting violations of OSHA and state guidelines.
  • You were fired for failing to appear at a non-essential business after a shelter-in-place order.
  • You were denied emergency sick leave or time off work for COVID-19 concerns, or to care for a family member who has the virus.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we understand that it can be overwhelming to take legal action after facing a wrongful termination or other illegal action from your employer. While the laws on COVID-19 and employee rights are ever-evolving and changing, our multi-disciplinary legal team has the skill to review your claim and advocate for public safety.

With billions recovered in high-stakes civil litigation, our experienced Los Angeles employment law attorneys can apply more than 100 years of experience to your claim. We’re not afraid to stand up to companies that break the law and put their workers and the public at risk, and as your dedicated legal team, we will also offer the compassionate support you deserve during this difficult time.

Need to speak with an experienced employment lawyer? Contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 today for a free consultation.

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.


    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    All 15 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.

  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019

    Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.


    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."


    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019

    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

    Recipients of this recognition are held up to the same standards as for The Best Lawyers in America, but only legal professionals in the first ten years of their careers qualify. Four attorneys at GBW have been recognized with this award in 2021.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019

    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    As a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, founding partner Bruce Broillet joins a select group of California lawyers. Only 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

  • Lawdragon

    Lawdragon has selected five of our firm’s attorneys to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list.

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
    National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 is a prestigious, invitation-only organization exclusive to the most qualified lawyers who have already proven their elite legal skills through trial results and leadership — all before the age of 40.

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
    National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

    Attorneys Scott Carr and Tim Wheeler hold membership to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only legal organization consisting of the nation’s premier trial lawyers.


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