Brooklyn, NY asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York

Q: I got covid in January at work a coworker was sick and told management but they didn’t inform us I’m still sick.Help

Management didn’t inform the workers and I got sick . I’m still suffering from fatigue, headaches , hair thinning, teeth cracking and joint weakness I haven’t been able to get back to work fully I work once every two weeks because I get exhausted in the stores and can’t keep up. If I don’t do this I’ll eventually be let go and told to reapply is there anything I can do. I got sick because of my job

1 Lawyer Answer
V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Consult with a workers compensation lawyer immediately. Although it may be difficult to pinpoint where you contracted COVID, a skilled workers compensation lawyer might be able to tie it to your workplace. Good luck. Alternatively, if you have disabling conditions, ask your doctor about accommodations. Then request an interactive process with your employer during which you go back and forth, requesting that it provide you with reasonable accommodation(s) which do not cause your employer an undue hardship. Every employee and employer is unique. You must perform the essential job duties of your position with or without reasonable accommodation. You may need FMLA leave if the employer has more than 50 employees and you have worked there for at least a year, you may request intermittent FMLA leave as needed, or you may request job modification regardless of whether the employer must provide FMLA. Provide your treating physician with your job or position description, job duties. Ask them for suggestions to perform those job duties with modification if necessary. Your physician will need to identify one or more disabling conditions which qualify as disabilities under federal or state laws.

1 user found this answer helpful

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.