There's a popular thread on Twitter in light of COVID–19 that brings attention to all the workplaces where people could work from home (due to being tech/knowledge workers), but, for one reason or another, aren't allowed to:
Do you know of a tech company that’s asking people who could work from home to come to the office? Reply to this thread, so we can track these irresponsible organizations, and remember their names even after this is over.
What's the legal perspective on this issue in the United States?
- Can COVID-19 be classified as an occupational hazard for an average tech-worker / knowledge-worker?
- Is it reasonable for a tech-worker to not physically show up to work in light of possible COVID-19 exposure concerns, especially for companies that do not restrict arrivals from outside the local area from being in the same space as the local folk? (Do companies have a duty of care to enforce 14-day self-quarantines for any of their workers in the US right now?)
- If you get fired over avoiding the workplace in light of coronavirus concerns, what's the likelihood of winning a wrongful termination lawsuit?