Restaurant Workers Covid-19

Restaurant workers are being exposed to COVID-19 at an alarming rate as these dedicated individuals serve thousands of customers. Employers should be doing everything necessary to protect them from contracting the virus.

Coronavirus and Worker’s Compensation

If an employee tests positive for coronavirus, he or she could have a Worker’s Compensation claim. However, employers should be offering sick time and more time off now to protect against the spread. Plus, disregarding the doctor’s note requirement for returning employees could help prevent unneeded exposure.

Additionally, if your restaurant doesn’t provide health insurance, it would be difficult to stay home or get a doctor’s note. Plus, visits aren’t cheap especially during missing shifts.

Taking Leave

Many families are missing work to care for children or parents. Daycares and schools are closed limiting the child care options for many. Many need to take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers cannot fire you for taking this leave. Furthermore, they must have a position for you when you return.


Regular hygiene should be a priority. Employers should have all available sanitary measures for employees to be safe. This includes access to sanitizing wipes to clean menus, tables, and chairs between customers, and clean door handles regularly. Plus, this could also include thoroughly sanitize the POS system, handhelds, kiosks, and any other technology that employees and customers are frequently touching.   

Consider installing sanitary door openers on bathroom doors and in your kitchen to avoid contact with door knobs. 


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If you or someone you love was negatively impacted by COVID-19, compensation may be available. Our attorneys are experienced with complex litigations. These claims could be complicated and problematic if you do not have the right team in place who are dedicated to fighting for your justice. Our consultations are free. Contact us today.


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