JAN. 15, 202112:50 PM

A bill introduced in the California State Assembly on Thursday excoriates the fast-food industry for its response to the pandemic, contending that chains have “routinely flouted” measures intended to protect the state’s 500,000 fast-food workers — and their millions of customers — from COVID-19.

Introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the legislation cites complaints filed by workers with county public health departments that accuse the industry of failing to provide adequate protective gear and sick pay, requiring employees to work while ill and refusing to inform them when coworkers are infected with the coronavirus.

With the pandemic, “a disempowered work force faces a crisis in an industry with a poor history of compliance with workplace health and safety regulations,” the legislation reads.

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