We have all been impacted by COVID-19 in different ways. We cannot listen to the news without hearing about its ramifications, it’s testing, and what it has done to businesses around the country. We have done our best to adjust our lives and make the best choices for ourselves and our families. But when we depend on our job to keep our family going and we are hit hard by COVID-19 and its symptoms, we do not expect our job to let us go because of it. The Kaufman Law Firm wants to discuss a recent wrongful termination case involving COVID-19 and someone being fired, possibly because she tested positive for it.
In November of 2020, Priscilla Perez alleges that One Perfect Choice furniture store wrongfully fired her because she tested positive for the coronavirus and took time to recover from the debilitating virus.
She was hired for an office assistant position the previous year and received good performance reviews. According to the suit, she tested positive in June, sought the appropriate medical treatment, and then was labeled disabled by law.
When she recovered and received medical clearance to return to work, her employer informed her they could not afford to pay her any longer even though other staff had been hired, as well as staff was given raises. She was also not paid for her time away, which is required by law due to her disability status. Before her firing, the company did not discuss with Perez any accommodations she would need on her return.
Being a victim of this pandemic can be more than the symptoms that COVID-19 gives. It can also mean losing gainful employment and not receiving the rights one is entitled to.
When you lose your job without cause, without logical reasons, it can be a crushing blow. Employers need to hold up the legal standards they agree to when running a business. It may feel like there is no solution, but we have been involved in many wrongful termination cases, especially with COVID-19. If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated due to discrimination or any unjustifiable cause, we want to know.
The victims of wrongful termination face many burdens:
If you or someone you love has faced wrongful termination, we want to speak with you immediately. We pledge to conduct a thorough and full investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation you desperately need. This can include:
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.