Does the ADA Require Employers to Send Workers With COVID-19 Symptoms Home?

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With the current COVID-19 outbreak continuing to progress and change day-to-day, ADA federal employees must stay up to date about their employment rights. Our national federal employment law attorneys explain if the ADA requires employers to send workers with COVID-19 symptoms home. If you have additional questions about your employment rights, our team is here to help you.

Can My Employer Require Me to Stay Home?

Yes—according to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), your employer is allowed to require workers to stay home if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that those who show exhibit these symptoms should stay home and limit social contact, the ADA does not have any stipulations that interfere with this medical advice.

What Else Is My Employer Allowed to Do?

The EEOC has confirmed that employers are also able to perform the following actions without violating the provision outline in the Americans with Disabilities Act:

  • Take an employee’s temperature.
  • Ask if an employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—as long as the information remains confidential.
  • Administer a COVID-19 test before allowing employees to enter the workplace if it is job-related and consistent with business necessity.
  • Require a doctor’s note for employees, confirming that they do not have the virus and are fit to return.

Call Our Effective Employment Law Attorneys Today!

The uncertainty surrounding the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is no excuse for employers to violate your rights. If you believe that your employer is acting out of accordance with the law, don’t hesitate to call Pines Federal for legal assistance.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys focus on supporting the claims of federal workers who believe a U.S. government employer has unlawfully mistreated them. We offer flat fees for case reviews, and we can help you pursue fair and just compensation.

For assistance with any employment law case, reach out to Pines Federal online or call (888) 898-9902 for assistance.

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