Since March 12, there have been 937 lawsuits (including 96 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus. The filings have increased steadily over the past several months:
- 9 complaints from March 12 – 31;
- 54 complaints in April;
- 94 complaints in May;
- 137 complaints in June;
- 160 complaints in July;
- 175 complaints in August;
- 211 complaints in September; and
- 97 complaints as of October 15.
California is leading the way with 193 cases filed, with New Jersey (107), Florida (95), and New York (70) following behind. The most common complaints have focused on retaliation (431), wrongful termination (271), workplace safety (216), leaves of absence (204), and discrimination (160). The healthcare industry has been hardest hit by COVID-19 related employment litigation with 227 alleged violations, with manufacturing (78), hospitality (74), and retail (72), also seeing their share of complaints.
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The data reported here is collected, reviewed, and categorized from state and federal litigation filings generally.