The Covid-19 Litigation Flood Gates Have Opened!

As of this week, employees throughout the United States have filed more than 532 Covid-19 related lawsuits against employers and former employers. The Covid-19 lawsuits range from wage & hour, discrimination, retaliation, denial of Families First Coronavirus Response Act or other leaves, unsafe workplace, breach of contract, and more. Of the growing 532 cases, at least 100 have been filed in California, making it the state with the most Covid-19 lawsuits filed!

As the number of Covid-19 lawsuits will only continue to increase over time, now is the time for employers to review current employment policies and practices to ensure your business is running California labor law compliant and update to date with new Covid-19 laws and regulations.  Employers should take preventative steps to not only help curtail litigation but also provide viable defenses should such cases arise.

If you are getting any requests from current or former employees for their personnel file, or a demand letter from a law firm, do not ignore it and don’t just turn over personnel files without reviewing with your employment attorney either.  See our article here about responding to your employee’s personnel file request.  It is important to get proper guidance on how to respond properly and timely.

If you would to review your policies or procedures to ensure California’s labor law compliance or discuss the implementation of other preventative steps to help curtail litigation or a litigation matter, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.

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