As Florida businesses reopen after coronavirus-related closures, some older workers are grappling with the decision of whether to return to work and may be concerned that employers could use the pandemic as a way to unload older staffers?
Some employers, meanwhile, are concerned about bringing back workers, including older ones, for whom the coronavirus is especially dangerous. Can or should businesses make special concessions for employees 60 and older?
The Tampa Bay Times asked attorneys on either side of the issue. We’ve edited their responses for clarity and length.
The Times spoke with Robin Stover, the financial stability and housing managing attorney for Gulf Coast Legal Aid in Pinellas County about older employees returning to work. Stover estimates that 40 percent of the center’s clients are older than 60.
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