Covid-19Worker Rights

April 30, 2020 by Southern Maine Workers Center

What if I become sick at work with symptoms relating to COVID-19? Can my employer send me home?

Yes.  The CDC recommends that employees who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or fatigue) should be separated from other employees and sent home immediately.  However, you may be entitled to paid leave (see FAQ 3) or a reasonable accommodation (see FAQ 8).

DISCLAIMER: This FAQ Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general background information regarding legal rights relating to employment in Maine. It is not legal advice. Because laws and legal procedures are subject to differing interpretations and frequent change, particularly in an emergency, the authors cannot ensure the information is current or be responsible for how the information is used. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.