COVID-19 Coronavirus - Can My Employer Fire Me? By Gregory Thyberg on March 18, 2020

As employers in Sacramento, California and across the nation, face mandatory shut downs due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many employees are concerned they will lose their job. The COVID-19 crisis is not only an uncertain time for our health but also causes employees to worry that they will be fired by their employer. Unfortunately, due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, jobs will be lost due to economic necessity.

It is not illegal for your employer to lay you off or fire you if they have to cut back operations due to economic necessity due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, but even in the mist of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are laws that protect you from illegal discrimination based on a serious medical condition and wrongful termination. 

If a person is illegally terminated, they have the right to pursue a wrongful termination suit. Wrongful termination attorney Gregory Thyberg will gather and present evidence to prove wrongful termination so that our Sacramento, CA, clients can be compensated for resulting damages, including lost wages, to the full extent of the law.


COVID-19 Coronavirus, Your Medical Condition May Qualify For Family Leave

Workers in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado and San Joaquin Counties are employees who are protected by California employment laws that protect them from discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination during this unprecedented COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. California employment laws protect you from illegal discrimination and prevent an employer from firing you based on a serious medical condition. If you are an employee suffering from COVID-19 coronavirus you may qualify as a person suffering from a serious medical condition depending on the severity of your illness. Employees who are particularly vulnerable to complications from the COVID-19 coronavirus due to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma and other health conditions are not only protected from discrimination but may be entitled to reasonable accommodations from their employer to protect them from contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. 


Time Off To Care For A Child Or Parent With COVID-19 May Qualify For Family Medical Leave.

If you are required to take an extended period of time off from work because you are suffering from the COVID-19 coronavirus or you need to take care of a child or elderly parent suffering from the COVID-19 coronavirus, you may qualify for family medical leave under the California Family Rights Act, depending on the size of the company, your length of service and how many hours you have worked in the twelve months.


COVID-19 Coronavirus California Paid Family Leave & Unemployment Benefits

If you are an employee who is forced to take off from their employment to care for a family member suffering from the COVID-19 coronavirus you may also qualify for paid family medical leave. There are state and federal proposals to provide economic assistance to employees that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. If you are a California resident employed any place in California, including Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, El Dorado or San Joaquin counties, and you lose our job due the economic fallout of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, you can apply for unemployment insurance benefits. 


Learn More

If you have recently been terminated and believe that it was a violation of employment laws, you may be due financial compensation for your losses. To discuss your case in further detail, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call our Sacramento practice at (916) 204-9173 to set up a consultation with attorney Gregory Thyberg.

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Since 1981, Gregory A. Thyberg has been providing legal services to clients throughout Sacramento. With a focus on employment law, he can help you find a solution when facing discrimination, harassment, or other workplace injustices. Mr. Thyberg is affiliated with organizations like the:

  • California Bar Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association

If you're experiencing unlawful discrimination in the workplace, request a consultation with Mr. Thyberg or call (916) 204-9173.

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