Businesses across the U.S. are beginning to reopen following coronavirus lockdowns, and many are requiring customers and workers to sign forms saying they won’t sue if they catch COVID-19.
The issue is businesses fear they could be the target of litigation even if they adhere to safety precautions laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials.
However, workers’ rights groups say the forms force employees to sign away their rights should they get sick.
Other critics argue that the waivers effectively allow corporations to skirt protocols like erecting Plexiglas barriers, providing face mass (and other protective equipment), and keeping people properly socially distanced without suffering any repercussions.
The Hunton Andrews Kurth law firm reports that as of Monday (June 15th) there were 2,741 lawsuits filed in the U.S. over COVID-19 infections.