Bloomberg Law
Jan. 30, 2020, 4:22 PMUpdated: Jan. 30, 2020, 8:11 PM

Coronavirus Prevention at Work May Clash With Bias Laws (1)

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, companies are taking steps to safeguard workers from the outbreak. Travel is limited. Temperature checks of workers are underway. Others are adopting “social distancing policies,” or a strong recommendation to work remotely.

Efforts aimed at preventing the virus from entering the workplace, however, could clash with disability discrimination and worker safety laws. This includes restrictions on medical exams, and asking workers about their condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Employers—particularly those that do business in China—should move with speed but be cautious to avoid legal pitfalls, attorneys warn.

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