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May 5, 2020, 5:11 PM

Medical Conditions Can Bar Workers From Job in Pandemic: EEOC

Paige Smith
Paige Smith

Companies can ask employees about known medical conditions and prevent them from working during the coronavirus pandemic if they reasonably believe those conditions will pose “a direct threat” to the workers’ health, the EEOC said in updated guidance.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified that an employer may bar an employee with a known underlying medical condition from entering a workplace if it’s determined that contracting Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, “places him at higher risk for severe illness.”

The federal civil rights agency has updated its guidance numerous times to answer questions posed by both businesses ...

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