Grocery Chain Cited for COVID Sick Leave Violations at 38 Stores, 3 in SD County

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SAN DIEGO—A Southern California market concatenation has been cited by The California Labor Commissioner’s Office for failing to pay oregon delaying supplemental paid sick leave to 240 workers affected by COVID-19 astatine 38 stores, including 3 successful San Diego County, the Office announced Oct. 26.

Bodega Latina, which does concern arsenic El Super, was cited implicit $1.16 cardinal aft an probe recovered that “some workers were forced to enactment while sick, others were told to use for unemployment portion quarantining oregon in isolation, portion others waited months to beryllium paid,” according to the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

The violations led to citations astatine 3 locations in San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside.

Some sick workers were told that they had to travel into enactment adjacent erstwhile they displayed COVID-19 symptoms until they received their test results.

In addition, those who needed to self-quarantine were told to use for unemployment oregon disablement benefits to screen their isolation time, portion others were denied clip disconnected to isolate erstwhile members of their household tested affirmative for COVID-19, reported by the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

In July, the concatenation was cited for similar violations affecting 95 workers astatine 3 stores successful Los Angeles, Lynwood, and Victorville. Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower said that pursuing the July citations, “we heard from further workers who had their sick permission denied or delayed. We broadened the scope of our probe to seizure arsenic many workers impacted by these violations arsenic imaginable and supply them what they are due.”

The probe began in Sept. 2020 pursuing complaints from workers and a referral from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents grocery store workers.

Workers were not consistently informed of their rights to supplemental paid sick permission if affected by COVID-19, according to the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law, which expired Sept. 30, required that California workers astatine businesses with much than 25 workers be provided up to 2 weeks of supplemental paid sick permission if they are affected by COVID-19.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office continues to enforce the law for immoderate violations that occurred betwixt Jan. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2021, the play the instrumentality covered.

Garcia-Brower said, “Supplemental paid sick permission is simply a instrumentality to protect our communities by stopping the dispersed of COVID-19 done the workplace.”

City News Service