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 12, there have been 739 lawsuits (including 77 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus. The filings have increased steadily over the past several months:
- 9 complaints from March 12 – 31;
- 53 complaints in April;
- 93 complaints in May;
- 135 complaints in June;
- 160 complaints in July;
- 178 complaints in August; and
- 111 complaints as of September 17.
California is leading the way with 144 cases filed, with New Jersey (78), Florida (74), and New York (60) following closely behind. The most common complaints have focused on retaliation (323), wrongful termination (216), leaves of absence (162), workplace safety (161), and discrimination (121). The healthcare industry has been hardest hit by COVID-19 employment litigation with 186 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.