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Mask-Averse Workers Add Extra Hurdle as Employers Reopen

May 14, 2020, Law360, by Vin Guirrieri

Thompson & Knight LLP’s recent firing of a document services manager who referenced guns in a Facebook rant lambasting a store’s rule requiring him to wear a mask could foreshadow contentious interactions that await employers if returning workers bristle at new safety mandates.  The Texas-based firm late last week said it had learned an administrative employee made a “threatening and offensive” post on his personal social media page that was “a complete violation” of the firm’s values and its commitment to health and safety of surrounding communities. The firm said it fired the worker and “notified the proper authorities” about the post.

Kristen Gallagher, a Las Vegas-based partner at McDonald Carano LLP, said employers may well be within their legal right to make workers follow safety policies regardless of whether they agree, yet cautioned that circumstances may vary for individual workers and specific industries.  To read the entire article click here.


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