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EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance

2020-06-16

Many new questions and answers were added to assist employers deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

On June 11, 2020, EEOC issued an update to its COVID-19 technical assistance publication which includes new many new questions and answers about the pandemic.  Some of the new questions include:

  • What does an employee need to do in order to request reasonable accommodation from her employer because she has one of the medical conditions that CDC says may put her at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19? (5/5/20)
  • What are examples of accommodation that, absent undue hardship, may eliminate (or reduce to an acceptable level) a direct threat to self? (5/5/20)
  • If an employer provides telework, modified schedules, or other benefits to employees with school-age children due to school closures or distance learning during the pandemic, are there sex discrimination considerations? (6/11/20)
  • Due to the pandemic, may an employer exclude an employee form the workplace involuntarily due to pregnancy? (6/11/20)
  • How may employers respond to pandemic-related harassment, in particular against employees who are or are perceived to be Asian? (6/11/20)
  • An employer learns that an employee who is teleworking due to the pandemic is sending harassing emails to another worker.  What actions should the employer take? (6/11/20)

The foregoing has been prepared for the general information of clients and friends of Workplace Dynamics LLC and is not being represented as being all-inclusive or complete. It has been abridged from legislation, administrative ruling, agency directives, and other information provided by the government. It is not meant to provide legal advice with respect to any specific matter and should not be acted upon without professional counsel.