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Since March 12, there have been 792 lawsuits (including 84 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;
- 94 complaints in May;
- 136 complaints in June;
- 160 complaints in July;
- 178 complaints in August; and
- 162 complaints as of September 24.
California is leading the way with 163 cases filed, with New Jersey (83), Florida (79), and New York (61) following closely behind. The most common complaints have focused on retaliation (359), wrongful termination (240), workplace safety (185), leaves of absence (180), and discrimination (138). The healthcare industry has been hardest hit by COVID-19 employment litigation with 203 alleged violations.
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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.