Bloomberg Law
April 21, 2020, 10:56 AMUpdated: April 21, 2020, 2:42 PM

Virus-Stricken Workers Face Hurdles Suing Employers (Corrected)

Patricio Chile
Patricio Chile
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The potential for the coronavirus to break out in workplaces around the U.S. will continue as the nation preps for returning to work. But employees have steep hurdles to prove through personal injury lawsuits that their employer should bear responsibility if they contract the illness.

Workers Comp: Work injuries generally fall under workers’ compensation laws, which vary widely by state, and many of which prevent lawsuits from being filed. The lawsuits already bubbling up will be difficult for workers as they try to prove employers intentionally harmed them and they contracted the disease at work, Erin Mulvaney and Fatima Hussein ...