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Thu Jul 8, 2021, 01:15 AM

State fines L.A. County Superior Court for safety violations during COVID-19 pandemic

Source: Los Angeles Times

After COVID-19 outbreaks and the deaths of at least four people who worked in Los Angeles County courthouses, California’s workplace safety agency plans to fine the local court system more than $25,000 for multiple violations.

In a notice Wednesday to L.A. County Superior Court, the state Division of Occupational Health and Safety, known as Cal/OSHA, identified at least three health and safety violations, two of which it deemed serious.

The proposed fines and the finding of serious violations were a blow to a court system that consistently defended its pandemic safety practices in the face of mounting criticism from employees, political leaders and attorneys, as well as a lawsuit from civil justice groups that accused the court of prioritizing the “continuity of nonessential operations over community safety and human life.”

The infractions stemmed from the working conditions and safety measures put in place for court interpreters, who provide translation services during hearings, trials and meetings among attorneys and criminal defendants. The ranks of interpreters were especially hard hit during the pandemic: Two full-time and one contracted interpreter died earlier this year from COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-07-07/state-issues-25-000-fine-to-l-a-superior-court-for-safety-violations-during-pandemic

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SouthBayDem Jul 2021 OP
Roland Tom Jul 2021 #1
FreepFryer Jul 2021 #2
NYC Liberal Jul 2021 #3
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Response to SouthBayDem (Original post)

Thu Jul 8, 2021, 03:06 AM

1. Judicial indepencence?

can executive "fine" the judiciary?

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Response to Roland Tom (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 8, 2021, 04:32 AM

2. I imagine the answer is a definitive "yes" in the case of workplace safety violations. (Nt)

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Response to Roland Tom (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 8, 2021, 05:19 AM

3. Courts aren't above the law.

They have to pay their employees minimum wage. Courthouses have to adhere to building codes. Judges can't sexually harass people. etc.

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Response to Roland Tom (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 29, 2021, 12:51 AM

4. welcome to DU

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