The Sidney Hillman Basis introduced Wednesday that Josh Eidelson of Bloomberg Businessweek has received the September Sidney Award for “Covid Gag Rules at U.S. Companies Are Putting Everyone at Risk.”
The story confirmed that main corporations are protecting up COVID-19 instances by forbidding staffers from disclosing that they or a coworker has examined optimistic.
Lindsay Ruck filed a criticism with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after her boss advised her she wasn’t allowed to debate the truth that a fellow worker on the Cheesecake Manufacturing unit had examined optimistic for COVID-19. Employees have a authorized proper to learn of office hazards, however the Board has no authorized energy to punish employers who violate this proper with COVID-19 gag guidelines.
Many 1000’s of Occupational Security and Well being Administration (OSHA) complaints have additionally been filed, but solely two have resulted in a quotation.
Employees at Amazon, McDonald’s, Goal, Cargill and different nationally identified corporations advised Eidelson that they’d been ordered to remain quiet about COVID-19 instances of their ranks. Smithfield, Normal Electrical and City Outfitters have racked up complaints to OSHA for doing the identical factor. By the tip of Might, OSHA had obtained greater than 1,600 whistleblower complaints associated to COVID-19 as properly.
“This investigation confirmed that COVID-19 gag orders are each frequent and unlawful,” stated Sidney decide Lindsay Beyerstein. “But, employers take pleasure in digital authorized impunity as a result of enforcement is so weak. OSHA and the NLRB have did not make corporations obey the legislation.”
Eidelson covers the office for Bloomberg Information and Bloomberg Businessweek.