Written by attorney Jodi Brenner Ginsberg

Are Food Service Workers More at Risk of Injury in 2020 Because of the Coronavirus Crisis?

If you are a food service workers, has your risk of injury increased because of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis?

Shelter in place orders issued by Georgia cities and counties have changed the day to day activities of food service workers, including waiters, cooks, hostesses, food delivery drivers and restaurant managers.

As I discuss in this video, I am hearing from food service workers who are getting injured while working because the day to day tasks of their jobs have changed. Waitresses are now being asked to carry heavy trays of carry out orders. Waiters are being asked to balance heavy packages while walking to cars in unfamiliar parking lots. Deliver drivers are getting less help with unloading. And because of layoffs, restaurant and food service workers who remain are being asked to do more with less help.

In general, restaurant owners and food service purveyors are struggling to stay in business and they are asking their remaining employees to perform more physical tasks that include stooping, bending, leaning and lifting.

If changes to your food service job have resulted in an on the job injury, you can and should learn about your rights and options under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws. None of the emergency measures undertaken by local governments impact your workers’ compensation rights at all. Please call me if you have any questions about Georgia workers’ compensation law. #restaurantworkersandworkerscompensation #deliverydriverworkinjury #foodserviceworkinjury

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