Did you know that almost 40 million Americans have lost their secular employment due to COVID-19?
The Corona crisis has caused major ripples and created pressure upon many industries.
Sadly, we hear of the exploitation of individuals because they are not aware of their legal rights, and were not able to get the legal support that they need at the time.
Are your rights being ignored? If so, what can you do? Why not check out this list of three rights that are being threatened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Elder Abuse
The coronavirus has had a specific impact on the vulnerable in society, such as the elderly in care homes.
Care home management has a responsibility to care for is residents and provide reasonable protection against infection. Sadly this is not always implemented.
In June 2020, police rescued elderly ones from a care home in Pasadena. Authorities subsequently removed its license.
This was in order to ensure that Coronavirus patients were sufficiently well cared for, but also so that investigations could take place into elder abuse.
If you are concerned that a loved one is facing inappropriate treatment at a care home, you could benefit from reading and understanding the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.
2. Forced Mask Wearing
Can a person in authority force you to wear a mask against your will? Unless the government or state authority issues a specific mandate, a person cannot legally force you to wear a mask.
Even if the government should require that you wear a mask, it will likely be in specific circumstances. In this case, understanding the wording of the law can prevent an individual from forcing you to wear a mask against your will.
3. Required Medical Screenings
Are schools and places of employment permitted to screen you for coronavirus? In many states, this is legally allowed. However, medical screening should be strictly limited to corona related questions.
The law states that any testing should be “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” The connection between the questions asked and current coronavirus conditions should be clear and obvious.
This should not be allowed to diverge into other matters of personal health. Any unrelated questions are a violation of your personal rights. This is not an opportunity to screen you for other illnesses or substances.
Knowing Your Legal Rights Can Protect You
We live in a time of unprecedented change and restriction. However, these necessary restrictions should not impact your personal legal rights. It is important to be aware of how companies and institutions are behaving and how to protect your personal rights.
If you are interested in learning more about the law and how to protect yourself and your loved ones, then we are here to help. We gather the latest information about legal developments and bring them to you via our blog. Why not take a look at some of our other articles today?