McConnell Wants Corporations Protected From COVID Lawsuits

There are many essential workers who have contracted COVID-19 while on the job. With some states beginning to reopen non-essential businesses, some of those workers will surely contract the illness when they go back to work.

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If the Senate Majority Leader has anything to say about it, though, this workers will not be protected by the law. On Monday, Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he would like corporations to be protected from being sued by employees who develop the sickness at work.

Democrats are fighting for worker’s rights to be included in the government’s stimulus package. This is not an idea that McConnell is keen on.

“That’s going to be my red line,” McConnell told Fox News Radio. “Trial lawyers are sharpening their pencils to come after healthcare providers and businesses, arguing that somehow the decision they made with regard to reopening adversely affected the health of someone else.”

This line of thinking from the Senate Majority Leader is in lock step with the message coming from the White House.

Last week, the President told reporters, “We are trying to take liability away from these companies. We just don’t want that because we want the companies to open and to open strong.”


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