Hugh Baran Discusses Impact of Proposed Liability Shield in Exacerbating Unsafe Working Conditions and Increasing Risks without Redress

Hugh Baran (‘19), Staff Attorney at the National Employment Law Project, was quoted in a Washington Post article regarding Senator McConnell’s proposed liability shield which deters and limits lawsuits related to COVID-19 claims by only allowing workers and consumers to sue businesses for damages if they can prove gross negligence (“White House Willing to Cut a Stimulus Deal without ‘Liability Shield,’ Breaking with McConnell,” July 31). Hugh labeled the standard for employer wrongdoing as so high “a worker could never expect to meet it.” Hugh noted, “Essentially you get complete, blanket immunity as a matter of law even if you do nothing at all to protect your workers. It puts us all at risk of infection.”