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What Determines If You’re at Risk?
Legal protections in the U.S. are unclear and limited. But experts say most employers are striving to get through the pandemic with an intact and happy workforce.
Can I Be Fired for Missing Work with COVID-19?
With a workforce shortage and a general understanding of the seriousness of the pandemic, most employers aren’t eager to fire employees who get sick, experts say. That said, they acknowledged there are some difficult bosses out there, and that workers should know their rights if they get sick.
In addition to the law, employees may be protected under employment contracts or by their companies’ policies and practices, noted Amber Clayton, knowledge center director at the Society for Human Resources Management. However, those who are not protected under contracts, policies or the law may be terminated, she said.
Still, said Holly Sutton, a San Francisco-based lawyer who advises employers, managers should think hard before such a move. “It’s extremely risky for employers to fire someone for getting COVID,” she said. “It would be ill-advised for a number of reasons. (Workers are) protected in many different parts of the law.”
COVID-19 AND WRONGFUL TERMINATION EXPLAINED: EMPLOYEE FIRED AFTER GETTING COVID FILES LAWSUIT
Can I be fired for calling in sick?
It is illegal for a California employer to terminate your employment if you use sick leave that you have accrued and are entitled to use. If you are fired for using your sick leave, you might be able to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.
Can I be fired for having Covid Washington State?
How long will I test positive for Covid after having it?