Know Your Rights: Were you fired from your job for Covid-19 or illegally?
Since the announcement of a national emergency in mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept through the U.S., not only creating a national health crisis, but causing economic turmoil and mass-unemployment as businesses have been forced to close, either temporarily or permanently. Although millions of individuals across the country have already lost their jobs, the crisis could become worse before it improves. In fact, according to estimates released by the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate may continue to climb into July, where they predict the unemployment rate will hit 16%.
On June 27, 2019, the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act (“the Act”) took effect for the purpose of protecting all pregnant workers and ensuring they have equal access to safe working conditions. The Act, which amended the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, protects employees by extending existing protections against retaliation and employment discrimination to cover discrimination based on an employee’s pregnancy, childbirth, and other related medical conditions. Other related medical conditions include, but are not limited to, lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.