Employment Safety

Worker Who Self-quarantine for Coronavirus Can Sue Employer if They’re Fired

A Case Western Reserve University law professor said employees have protection under the law from being fired if they don’t show up to work because they’re self-quarantining to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Attorneys who practice employment law in Ohio, however, said the professor’s view may be idealistic at best and may not account for how courts in the state have viewed lawsuits over firings, let alone how long the legal system would take to rule on such cases.

Katharine Van Tassel, a visiting professor at The Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University’s law school, said in an interview Monday that staying home if you have flu-like symptoms, test positive for the virus or come into contact with someone who did is not unlike jury duty or serving in the National Guard.

Read the source article at cleveland.com


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