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No one knew what 2020 would hold when it began, and a pandemic was the last thing on our minds. However, just because individuals and corporations were unprepared for the COVID-19 outbreaks does not mean they should be caught unaware when it comes to lawsuits related to the global pandemic.

Already, countless lawsuits have been levied against corporations and private citizens that tell wild tales of intentional COVID-19 infection, murder due to mask mandates, and countless unsafe work environments and workplace practices in light of mass illness. If you have experienced any of these types of conditions, it’s important to get in contact with a talented legal team as soon as you are able.

In light of the ever-changing face of employment litigation due to COVID-19, Bukh & Associates is more available than ever to assist you with any employment litigation struggles that you or your company may have.

Our award-winning team of attorneys have worked in this realm for some time, and their decades of prior expertise can be of help to you when facing employment litigation issues. 

What to Look Out For When Facing COVID-19-Related Employment Litigation

New types of issues crop up in the workplace every day, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of the last year, and many of these issues can turn into legal problems if they are not handled correctly. Many people have been negatively-affected not only by the economic changes that have been wrought due to the pandemic but also by the mental and physical tolls that workplaces.

Common defense strategies for workplace-related stress in the past shows us that these negative and toxic types of workplace environments can wreak havoc upon individuals, especially those working in “essential” fields such as the medical and grocery industries. Ensuring that your employees are happy and healthy is an easy preventative measure, but in such difficult times, it may not be easy to do so.

Giving ample sick time as well as mandating employees report if they had had contact with a COVID-19 carrier and other health measures can stem this tide a bit. Failing to protect your workers in this way can have disastrous consequences.

Other types of workplace dangers are not as easy to prevent or defend against as just plain illness. It’s important to note that while a company can be held responsible for employee injury that happens on the clock, there is no way to know what people themselves will do when they enter your business, and that those who perpetrate crimes should always be held responsible for their own actions.

In May, when many states and companies were just beginning to roll out mask mandates, it became obvious that enforcement of mask mandates would put employees at risk. One only has to do a quick Google search to see that several people have lost their lives due to unhinged customers refusing to wear masks or comply with mask enforcement.

One man who attacked a Walmart employee was charged with homicide, while the company itself was accused of wrongful death due to the unfortunate situation. Of course it’s not the Walmart Corporation’s fault, and you are sure that their defense strategy in this situation will be to soothe and assuage rather than fight this charge in court.

Companies must ensure that while they protect employees and customers from the dangers of COVID infection that they also understand the tension that exists in America at the moment. While this is not possible in retrospect for this tragic circumstance, common-sense rules can help to prevent situations like this from happening again.

How A Talented Legal Team Can Help Defend Your Rights

If you or your business are facing blowback or issues due to employee litigation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most accurate way to get information on your case will be to hire a talented team with experience in this realm. Bukh & Associates not only cover employee litigation problems, we also specialize in several areas of law to ensure you are defended by those who are the most knowledgeable in your particular type of case.

Rarely will you find a law firm with so many top-rated and well-known names in the NY legal realm–contact us today to settle your employment litigation issues once and for all. 

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