President Donald Trump and his administration are focusing their attention on corporations instead of U.S. citizens by removing the legal responsibility of the corporation when a worker contracts coronavirus while on the job.
This comes at a time when the White House is also pushing to reopen the U.S. economy against the advice of health experts.
“We just don’t want that. We want the companies to open, and to open strong. We had tried to take liability away from these companies, ” says Trump during a coronavirus task force briefing Monday.
According to Common Dreams, the president claimed that his administration had not previously discussed the issue of corporate liability, but the New York Times reported that business executives raised the matter with Trump in a conference call last week.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claimed this issue is the largest area of concern for the business community before reopening doors.
The need to address the liability companies could face if employees got sick after returning to work, given the possibility that workers who felt that they were brought back too soon — or were not placed in a safe environment — could sue en masse needs to be addressed now, according to The New York Times.