Do you believe you were wrongfully terminated during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some common answers to questions about wrongful termination in the workplace:

  1. Can you be fired for refusing to return to work for fear of contacting COVID-19?

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, you do have the right to refuse to work under certain conditions considered an “immediate danger”. However, it is not clear if courts would consider risk to COVID-19 as an immediate danger. This is a tricky question and can be discussed in more detail with an employment lawyer.

  1. What if I was discriminated against during COVID-19?

Discrimination or harassment due to the COVID-19 pandemic is irrational and dangerous. If you think you have been discriminated against or harassed during the pandemic, you may have a claim against your employer. An employee is also protected from actions such as choosing to wear a mask or not wear a mask when it is not required in the workplace. An employer cannot retaliate against or layoff an employee because they raised a concern about COVID-19 social distancing or protective gear.

  1. What about fair wages during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Employees may experience financial stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you think you have been treated unfairly in regards to pay or employment practices, an employment lawyer can speak with you to determine if you have a case.

Have you been laid off unfairly, discriminated, harassed, or experienced other unfair treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic? Call the professionals at East Tennessee Employment Law today to speak with an experienced Knoxville employment lawyer. They will be able to meet with you to gather all the facts and determine if you have a case. Call (865) 383-1053 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to meeting with you in our office soon.