Boise Employees Raised Covid Safety Concerns, She Fired Them
When you go to work, you expect a couple of things, don't you?
Such as a place to do your work, available restrooms, a spot to eat. Those everyday creature comforts that (most of us) get to enjoy in our day-to-day work lives.
Another expectation: A safe workplace. Especially during a global pandemic. What you wouldn't expect is to get fired for simply asking about it.
A former business owner of a doggy daycare is in some extremely hot water after firing two employees who expressed concerns about COVID-19 safety precautions, or in the case, the lack thereof, at their workplace.
It happened back in 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus panic. After the employees in question brought up concerns, their boss told them to wrap up their duties. Did that boss then inform the two employees of their termination? Of course not. They took them off all company social media platforms, and off the work schedule, and that was that.
Now, that owner is being required to pay each of the two employees a sum of $25,000 for "general and punitive damages." The employer's official error was violating federal whistleblower regulations per OSHA. You probably shouldn't do that if you're a business owner.
So next time you're looking to hire a place to watch your pups while you're away, make sure they're not actively firing employees who are simply trying to stay safe at work.
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