Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.
Since March 17, there have been 462 lawsuits (including 55 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus. The filings have increased rapidly over the past several months:
- 7 complaints from March 17 – 31;
- 52 complaints in April;
- 100 complaints in May;
- 144 complaints in June; and
- 158 complaints as of July 30.
California is leading the way with 81 cases filed, with Florida (52), New Jersey (50), and New York (40) following closely behind. The most common complaints have focused on retaliation (144), wrongful termination (120), discrimination (95), and leaves of absence (86). The healthcare industry has been hardest hit by COVID-19 employment litigation with 90 alleged violations.
The data reported here is collected, reviewed, and categorized from state and federal litigation filings generally. For further inquiries please contact your Littler attorney.