WRONGFUL TERMINATION I CORONAVIRUS – Employee Rights – Harassment and Wrongful Discrimination during the Covid-19 Pandemic
April 21, 2020
Despite the current climate employees remain protected against harassment, retaliation and discrimination in the workplace. While the coronavirus pandemic has added pressure on employers, employment laws and regulations geared towards employee protection still apply. Specifically, employers may not wrongfully harass, discriminate or retaliate against employees during these unprecedented times.
Practically speaking an employer may terminate or lay-off employees due to financial pressures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. Further, at-will employers, which tend to be the majority in California, may similarly terminate an employee for any reason, so long as the termination is not in violation of public policy or motivated by discrimination.
In light of the forgoing the question becomes what does an employment discrimination or harassment claim look like during this pandemic? Unfortunately, Covid-19 has triggered a resurgence of xenophobia geared towards Asians. Asians, and specifically Chinese, are mistakenly being blamed for the creation and spread of the coronavirus. Any hate acts in the workplace or termination of Asian and Asian-American employees motivated by discrimination and xenophobia gives rise to an employment claim.
If you are being harassed or were wrongfully terminated, contact our offices immediately at 619-432-5145 for a free consultation with one of our wrongful termination attorneys to discuss your employment discrimination case or Coronavirus wrongful termination case.
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