As the question of employee rights comes into play surrounding COVID-19, a few lawsuits have sprouted regarding wrongful termination. Nicolas Prada was fired from his job on July 11 after contracting COVID-19. Prada was a waiter at Tomokun Noodle Bar in Ann Arbor and became sick around June 24, according to the lawsuit.

Prada isn’t suing his former employer because he contracted the virus, but because he lost his job.

“We don’t want employers to be in the business of punishing their employees for getting sick,” said Noah Hurwitz, Prada’s attorney. “It just isn’t fair, right? What the law says is if you do get sick, and you have to take a leave of absence, that you should be reinstated in your position.”

Read the full article in the Detroit Free Press, “Bills OK’d by Michigan House protect employers from COVID-19 lawsuits”, by Slone Terranella on Sept. 25, 2020.