WRONGFUL TERMINATION I EMPLOYMENT I CORONAVIRUS – California Employees Wrongfully Terminated because of COVID-19

WRONGFUL TERMINATION I EMPLOYMENT I CORONAVIRUS – California Employees Wrongfully Terminated because of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

How the California Stay at Home Order is affecting Employee rights. The President issued executive orders shutting down various businesses across the country, and in a similar fashion, Governor Newsom has issued an order mandating that California employees stay home to battle and contain the spread of the coronavirus. Despite this mandate, some employees are being ordered to report to work and those whom refuse are wrongfully terminated. California residents have no choice but to follow these laws. A demand or order from your employer does not repeal or override Governor Newsom’s mandate to stay at home.

In the midst of this coronavirus pandemic, the state of California has issued a stay at home order which has jeopardized job security for many resident employees. Our offices have had a massive inflow of inquires centered on employee rights during these times. Many employees have been terminated for not reporting to work in spite of the stay at home order. “Newsom says, again urging Californians to stay home in coronavirus fight” – https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-21/california-statewide-stay-at-home-coronavirus-rules-stricter-local-orders

The state of California advises: “Stay home except for essential needs … The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”  If you have any questions regarding the Stay at home order, we direct you to the Official State of California website: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

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If you were terminated for refusing to report to work in violation of the stay at home order or during or because of your concerns regarding the Coronavirus, you should contact our offices immediately.  Learn your rights and get some advice on how to best proceed.  We encourage you to contact our offices at 619-432-5145 for a free consultation with one of our employment attorneys to discuss your Covid-19 termination case or Coronavirus wrongful termination case.

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