Nate Bear has a blistering critique on Substack of the Supreme Court’s opinion last week in Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks. The court held that employers currently can’t be sued for failing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to employees’ household members because allowing liability “would impose an intolerable burden on employers and society in contravention of public policy.”

Bear writes that the opinion “is something of a covid smoking gun, revealing what we always suspected but had never seen confirmed in so many words:  the public health imperative of controlling a pandemic virus by making employers liable for some of that control is, and always must be, secondary to capitalist profit.” “It is the same old capitalist story,” Bear writes, “the shunting of responsibility for ills that should be shared across society, including employers in that society, onto individuals.”


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