Across the globe, billions of people are preoccupied by concerns over the recent outbreak of the pneumonia-like disease, COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. On March 11, 2020 the coronavirus outbreak was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, as the number of confirmed cases of the disease continues to climb.
This declaration—and other updates regarding the spread of the disease—has placed significant pressure on small and large U.S. businesses to restrict business hours, close their doors temporarily, and scramble to adapt working conditions for the millions of workers nationwide who have already or are soon to experience occupational displacement.
Employees in various industries have reported cuts in work hours, job loss, and instructions to work from home. Many individuals have been restricted from returning to work, with little idea of whether they will be returning once the outbreak has been contained.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to increased concern over workplace discrimination, an alarming consequence characterized by wrongful termination or discrimination on account of age, race, disability status, parenthood, company position, health status, and other identifying characteristics.
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