Do I have grounds for a lawsuit if I was made to clean up after a dead body at a motel I worked at?

Asked on October 19, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have any grounds for a lawsuit. You could have refused to do this, and while that might have cost you your job, you therefore made a voluntary choice to keep your job while cleaning up after the body. The law does not provide compensation because you made a voluntary choice which you regret, especially since employers have the right to require their employees to do anything which is not intrinsically illegal or a crime--and cleaming up after  dead body is not intrinscially illegal.

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