“Essential workers continue to put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19, and we must act to ensure every workplace is adhering to the guidelines set by medical experts,” said LaPointe. “That is why I want to raise awareness of this resource so that employees can report any public health violations they witness or experience on the job.”
LaPointe is promoting the Workplace Rights Bureau through the state Attorney General’s office. Beginning on May 1, essential businesses and manufacturers are required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing. The state plans additional requirements for these businesses, as well, including occupancy limits and staggering shifts to ensure best social distancing practices are being followed. Employees can report violations that put their safety at risk by calling the Attorney General’s Workplace Rights Bureau at 844-740-5076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This hotline will help protect the public’s health by holding businesses accountable if they behave irresponsibly and put workers in danger,” said LaPointe. “No amount of profit is worth the health or safety of our essential workers.”
Residents can stay informed on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic by reviewing information provided on the State of Illinois’ exclusive website coronavirus.illinois.gov. Residents who want to share their thoughts or require assistance on this matter or any other issue in the community can reach LaPointe at 773-647-1174 or by email at email@example.com.