Businesses across the country have been relying on furloughs, sick leave, and working from home during the spread of COVID-19. As businesses step into uncharted waters, employees are facing new legal challenges with their employment rights. Our Monterey County employment law attorneys have put together examples of discrimination occurring in the workplace due to COVID-19.
Discrimination in the Workplace During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As employers take additional health and safety precautions during the pandemic, it is important for there to be a balance between caution and discrimination. Companies must follow workplace anti-discrimination laws, especially when asking workers for personal information during these times. HR professionals should be aware of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updates on coronavirus-related rules and resources to prevent discriminatory issues.
Since the spread of COVID-19 began, employees have seen an increase in mistreatment and harassment of Asian Americans in the workplace. Disabled employees have also noticed an increase in discrimination with employers who ask for personal medical records that aren’t related to COVID-19.
Employers need to take extra precautions when addressing issues related to the pandemic, and they need to be mindful of instances of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination in the workplace. Employers are limited to the information and questions they can ask employees.
Below are types of workplace discrimination that are prohibited in the workplace, even during the current health crisis:
- Age discrimination
- Race discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Disability discrimination
Call Our Monterey County Attorneys to Fight Workplace Discrimination
If you believe you’ve experienced discrimination in the workplace during the current health crisis, our team at Polaris Law Group is here to help you. If your employer has treated you differently because of any reasons above, you may have legal grounds to sue your employer. Our team of employment law attorneys has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you obtain the best possible results for your case.
Contact our Monterey County employment law attorneys today at (888) 796-4010 to schedule a virtual consultation!