Inglewood employees contacted 2UrbanGirls about the city managers demand that they return to work on May 18th with strict guidelines that included not being allowed to take sick time. Nearly an hour after we published our article, city hall employees received a late night email from Inglewood Mayor James Butts staying employees can’t return to work until they test negative for COVID-18.
City Hall employees were outraged that they are being made to return to work and fear for their safety. Former library employees took the time to also share their grievances about how the city operates.
This author woke up today with over ten notifications, from city hall employees, who shared contents of the mayor’s late night missive.
The email I received at 9:23p says all employees & Elected Officials must COVID test before returning or have proximity access suspended to the workplace. The Mayor says he is extending the return to City Hall date for telecommuters to June 8… to allow time for all employees to be tested and results received Those with underlying conditions or over 65 can use sick or leave time to stay at home if telecommuting is not an option The City has arranged for City employees to have a free test at the forum … and has provided us our scheduled test date and time
The question becomes is Inglewood within their rights to discipline employees for refusing to take the COVID-19 test?
Employees have been scheduled to be tested at the Forum and will return on Monday, May 18 while those who are telecommuting will return June 8.
What would you do?