Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding the next stimulus bill protect corporations from lawsuits by workers who are dying after being exposed to the coronavirus in the workplace.
Rob Weissman, president of Public Citizen. told Democracy Now about McConnell’s plan:
If you’re injured or become ill at the workplace, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation. It’s just a straight insurance system. So you get paid for your time off, some portion, and compensation for your healthcare and any injury you may suffer.
But you can’t sue companies in court, normally. The only time you can sue a company in court for an injury or exposure to an illness is when they engage in egregious misconduct, reckless endangerment of the workers.
So, when McConnell says he wants to protect the companies from lawsuits, he mostly means he wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct.