Bloomberg Law
Aug. 27, 2020, 8:00 AM

Shut Up and Work: Covid Gag Rules Leave Everyone in the Dark

Josh Eidelson
Josh Eidelson
Bloomberg News

Lindsay Ruck was just starting her Father’s Day brunch shift at the Cheesecake Factory in Chandler, Ariz., when her boss told her a co-worker had Covid-19. In between making bloody marys, Ruck shared the news with several of her colleagues, who’d been worrying about such a moment since the restaurant reopened the month before. At the end of Ruck’s shift, when she went to the back office to count her cash, her boss and another supervisor were waiting.

Her boss, the general manager, told her she wasn’t allowed to mention the coronavirus case to anyone, including fellow staff. The company ...

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