Across the world, healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency responders, nurses, physicians, and other medical staff who are administering care directly to infected patients or are otherwise in contact with sick patients are at a greater risk of exposure. Even when the most stringent protections are put in place, healthcare workers are at an increased risk.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that healthcare workers are truly some of the heroes of the pandemic, some healthcare workers have been retaliated against or terminated for complaining, reporting unsafe conditions, or seeking certain employee benefits. If you are a healthcare worker who has been retaliated against, call our law firm immediately.
Unsafe Conditions in Healthcare Facilities
There are numerous reasons why healthcare workers across the country have chosen to speak up about unsafe conditions. Some of the unsafe conditions that have been reported in New Jersey and nationwide include a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), a lack of best practices regarding the use of PPE (such as putting on and taking off PPE), undeveloped practices for quickly isolating patients who are infected or exhibiting symptoms, and the failure of an administration to provide enough training on safety protocol for clinical and non-clinical staff.
Retaliation Against and Termination of Healthcare Workers
Healthcare administrators have been reported to have retaliated against or terminated employees for:
- Speaking out publicly about the lack of safety protections or PPE;
- Filing official complaints about a lack of PPE or other safety concerns;
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim after contracting the coronavirus themselves.
Your Rights as a Healthcare Worker in New Jersey
If you have been retaliated against or terminated for speaking up about unsafe work conditions or for filing a workers’ compensation claim or a claim for other benefits, you have certain rights. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee for exercising a protected right, including the right to seek protected leave or workers’ compensation benefits. While hospitals and healthcare facilities have faced unchartered territory regarding the novel coronavirus and best practices, retaliation and termination of employees who speak out about safety concerns are not appropriate. If you have been retaliated against, our law firm can investigate your case and help you to prove that the retaliation/termination was unlawful, as well as seek recompense for losses you have suffered as the result of retaliation or termination.
Call Our Employment Lawyers in New Jersey Today
As a healthcare worker during the coronavirus pandemic, you have certain protected rights, and you also deserve respect and consideration as a worker who is at high risk of contracting the virus. At the law offices of McOmber McOmber & Luber, our experienced employment lawyers in New Jersey can help you to understand your rights and bring a case against your employer for unlawful termination or retaliation. While our physical offices are closed, our lawyers are working remotely and are available to talk to you. Please call our law firm today or send us a message at your convenience to learn how we can help.