*Disclaimer: This article is not intended to serve as legal advice or to support or oppose COVID-19 related lawsuits.
Millions of Americans have seen their lives and businesses upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption includes shelter-in-place orders, social distancing, and an unemployment rate that is currently clawing its way back to pre-pandemic numbers. At the same time, employers across the country are facing a wave of lawsuits by employees claiming they contracted COVID-19 because of gross negligence. This trend has led lawmakers to propose legislation that would provide businesses liability protections during the pandemic.