California Employees Who Were Fired for Protesting Unsafe COVID-19 Workplace Conditions Trigger Anti-Retaliation Laws

The California Labor Commissioner recently fined a McDonald’s franchisee in Los Angeles after the firing of four employees. The terminations took place after the employees raised concerns about unsafe working conditions to state and local health agencies, due to inadequate precautions against COVID-19 exposure. Following strikes to protest the inadequate safety conditions, they were fired for “job abandonment.”

After investigating the termination of the four McDonald’s employees, the California Labor Commissioner determined the terminations to be in violation of California anti-retaliation laws.