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Since March 12, there have been 1,573 lawsuits (including 137 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;
- 54 complaints in April;
- 95 complaints in May;
- 141 complaints in June;
- 163 complaints in July;
- 176 complaints in August;
- 196 complaints in September
- 230 complaints in October;
- 206 complaints in November;
- 221 complaints in December; and
- 82 complaints as of January 14.
California is leading the way with 355 cases filed, with New Jersey (181), Florida (147), and New York (122) following behind. The most common complaints have focused on retaliation (805), wrongful termination (486), workplace safety (389), and discrimination (369). The healthcare industry has been hardest hit by COVID-19 related employment litigation with 373 alleged violations, with manufacturing (170), retail (121), and hospitality (118), also seeing their share of complaints.
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The data reported here is collected, reviewed, and categorized from state and federal litigation filings generally. For further inquiries please contact your Littler attorney.