Philadelphia Enacts Prohibitions on COVID-19 Related Retaliation

Philadelphia Enacts Prohibitions on COVID-19 Related Retaliation

June 30, 2020

On June 26, 2020, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Essential Workers Protection Act which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who raise concerns about a business’s COVID-19 response plan. The new ordinance applies to all employers in Philadelphia and protects employees who make a good faith communication based on job duties that discloses information that may evidence a violation of a COVID-19 public health order. Importantly, the ordinance imposes a rebuttable presumption that an employer has retaliated against a whistleblowing employee if any adverse employment action is taken against them within 90 days of the employee’s protected disclosure. Click here for more on this important topic.