If you feel your employer is creating an unsafe workplace in light of COVID-19 you should take the following steps:
- Fill out an intake form on the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in New Jersey (NJDOL) website.
- File a complaint with OSHA.
- Refuse to work if the following conditions are met:
- You asked employer to get rid of the danger and they did not.
- You genuinely believe a risk of death or serious injury exists.
- A reasonable person would believe there is a real danger of death or serious injury.
- There is not enough time for regular enforcement channels such as an OSHA complaint.
- If confronted with an unsafe work condition, take the following steps:
- Ask your employer to fix the hazard or assign other work.
- Tell your employer you will not work until the hazard is fixed.
- Remain at worksite until your employer tells you to leave.
If you speak with your employer, and they do not make changes, you can contact an attorney to discuss next steps. Further, your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a complaint. If your employer does retaliate, the New Jersey Employment lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. can help you.