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Texas Unions Push Lawmakers to Protect Workers in Wake of COVID-19

Some of the largest unions in the state of Texas recently renewed a push to get lawmakers to overhaul the employment insurance system in the state and to ensure workers’ compensation for employees who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus while on the job. According to these unions, state legislators need to take more concrete Read More

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Whistleblower Claims Wrongful Termination After Complaining About COVID Protocols at Workplace

A whistleblower claims he was wrongfully terminated from his position after repeatedly raising his concerns about COVID-19 protocols at Trojan Battery Co. in Santa Fe Springs. The company was the subject of an investigation in 2020 after a virus outbreak resulted in 61 total infections and the death of one employee. The whistleblower, John Martinez, Read More

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Workers Claim Mass Layoffs by BIC Graphic Violated Federal Employment Laws

Former employees of Bic Graphic recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against the company and its parent company, Scribe Opco Inc., for allegedly violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. According to the lawsuit, Bic Graphic employees spent a significant amount of 2020 on furlough, and were led to believe employees would eventually Read More

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Former Alaris Health Marketing Director Claims Wrongful Termination After a COVID-19 Infection

A former marketing director who worked for Alaris Health, a health system based in New Jersey, recently filed a lawsuit against the company alleging he was the victim of wrongful termination after attempting to return to work following infection with the COVID-19 virus. The plaintiff, Shakespeare Domenech, was given a new job description at the Read More

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LA County Board of Supervisors Enhances COVID-19 Whistleblower Protections

This fall, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance protecting employees against retaliation for reporting violations of COVID-19 health protocols in workplaces. The county had seen a significant increase in complaints about workplace health violations over the course of the pandemic. New protections implemented in the ordinance prevent employers from taking any Read More

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Report: OSHA Has Only Resolved Two Percent of Retaliation Reports Against COVID Whistleblowers So Far

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge of whistleblower complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A significant portion of these complaints are related to claims of retaliation against people who blew the whistle against insufficient health and safety protocols in the wake of the pandemic. Recent reports indicate OSHA has fallen far Read More

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Pennsylvania Teacher Blows the Whistle on School’s Insufficient COVID Protocols

A teacher at H.D. Berkey Elementary School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania recently submitted an anonymous letter to Action News 4 in Pittsburgh containing concerns about the New Kensington Arnold School District’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of the specific concerns addressed in the letter included: Students being placed three to five feet apart, rather than the Read More

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Worker Alleges Wrongful Termination after Warning Superiors Over COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Katrina Bryant, a former worker at a construction site for a new Amazon warehouse in Boardman, Oregon, alleges she was the victim of wrongful termination after she raised concerns to superiors over safety measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Allegations in the case Bryant was tasked with safety compliance at the construction site, with duties including Read More

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Server Claims to Have Been Wrongfully Fired After Getting Tested for COVID-19

A former server from a Charleston, South Carolina restaurant filed a lawsuit against the business, claiming he was fired after leaving work to get tested for COVID-19. According to Justin Mackie, the employee in question who worked at Coconut Joe’s, he experienced symptoms (including shortness of breath) at work, and left to get screened due Read More

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Pair of Vegas Service Unions Reach Agreements with Resort Companies on New COVID-19 Protections After Legal Fight

After months of negotiations, members of the Bartenders Union Local 165 and Culinary Workers Union Local 226 have new agreements in place with a pair of the Las Vegas Strip’s largest resort companies to ensure greater protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes several months after the same unions filed lawsuits against the Read More

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