Commentary & Opinion
By Jon Hyman
Jun. 22, 2021
Suppose an employee leaves work claiming COVID-like symptoms. He then calls off work for the next two weeks, claiming he is quarantining at home at his doctor’s recommendation.
Can you fire the employee during that quarantine period? Does your opinion change if you learn during the quarantine that the employee’s doctor never recommended the quarantine and the employee lied about receiving that recommendation?
Those are the basic facts of O’Bryan v. Joe Taylor Restoration, and upon which a federal court jury in southern Florida recently entered a verdict in favor of the employer.
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