One-third of workers say they would sue for catching COVID at work

More than one-third of workers said they would sue their employer if they believed they contracted coronavirus from a co-worker, according to a survey released Monday.

The survey, conducted by communications firm Engagious, research consulting firm Sports & Leisure Research Group and public affairs firm ROKK Solutions LLC, found that more than a quarter of workers said they would sue their employer even if the employer instituted extensive mitigation protocols to protect workers from the virus or if they held liability releases.

The survey asked a random national sample of 504 employed voters about how likely it would be that they would take legal action they came down with coronavirus within a week of a co-worker’s diagnosis, and 36% said they were very likely to sue. Among respondents who said they would take legal action, 44% were male, 40% were under 35 years of age, 42% considered them liberal and 42% resided in the northeastern part of the U.S.

In the 25% of respondents who said they would still sue despite extensive mitigation procedures taken by their employer, 40% were male, 27% were under age 35, 29% considered themselves liberal and 34% live in the northeast.

This article was first published by Business Insurance

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