May 1, 2020

As Businesses Reopen, Lawsuits Loom Over COVID-19 Exposure

As businesses begin to reopen following COVID-19 related shutdowns, there is a growing push to enact protections for businesses against a possible wave of lawsuits, according to a report in

“Certain states are starting to reopen gradually,” ILR President Harold Kim said. “There’s so many questions about what do I do? What standard do I put here? At least having legislation from Congress that is uniform, and establishes a safe harbor, would go a long way in giving that kind of confidence.”

At the forefront of businesses’ concerns are lawsuits alleging the negligence of a business caused customers or employees to contract COVID-19.

“These are claims that as an employee, or as a customer at a business, whether grocery stores or movie theaters, you did not take appropriate actions to safeguard me from the coronavirus, and I’ve had injury that flowed from that,” Kim said. “Your basic negligence type of claim is a big area of concern.”

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