Recently issued U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines give employers leeway to aggressively respond to coronavirus, but experts say employers will have to tread carefully without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Further legislation must protect workers and show that employees with COVID-19 are not an impediment to employers.
Van Kampen Law in the News
By: Jason Stoogenke – Updated: April 3, 2020 – 1:57 PM CHARLOTTE — Lashonda Price is a registered medical assistant for Atrium Health. She told Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke she was working in a doctor’s office, but she’s now at Atrium Health – Main — coming in contact with COVID-19 patients. “I am actually doing […]
Despite stay-at-home orders in Mecklenburg County local employees say they’re being forced to show up to work or face losing their jobs. A Charlotte employment attorney is calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to sign an executive order protecting employees from retaliation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A WBTV Investigation is looking at whether companies can fire employees for taking sick time during the COVID-19 pandemic. An employee at a dental office received a doctor’s note saying she should be quarantined for 14 days awaiting results from a coronavirus test. She was fired the next day.
Social Distancing interview with an employment attorney, Josh Van Kampen, to find out your rights as an employee at the workplace during this trying time.
COVID-19 has overwhelmed the federal and spotty North Carolina employment law protection scheme. The NC wrongful discharge tort is built to adapt immediately to new pronouncements of “public policy,” and an executive order should do the trick. What can Gov. Roy Cooper achieve with the stroke of a pen to bring needed relief to our suffering workforce?
Wilberg accused Google of favoring women and minorities in its internal hiring policies, in turn discriminating against white and Asian men. Not your typical employment discrimination lawsuit.
It’s hard to believe that after all the progress that we have made as a country toward improving individual rights, one could be legally fired based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet, this can, and has still happened.
A former medical investigator who responded to death scenes in Mecklenburg County is suing, alleging racial bias and claiming he was wrongfully fired over his posts on social media.
Eric Wheeler, medical examiner, was fired over his posts on social media, and he told Channel 9 anchor Allison Latos he wants his job back.
Josh Van Kampen in the Wall Street Journal re: Sealed Air, Under Federal Investigation, Switches Audit Firms. “Sealed Air’s acknowledgement that it has not found an independence violation is powerful evidence that it did not have ‘cause’ to fire Mr. Stiehl,” wrote the attorney, Josh Van Kampen.
CBJ Morning Buzz: The Wall Street Journal reports Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) has dumped Ernst & Young as its independent auditor. The decision comes amid ongoing federal investigations into Sealed Air’s financial practices and the process by which it selected its auditor.