Sanofi hit with lawsuit over workers’ COVID hazard pay

Dec. 17, 2020

A technician at a Sanofi Pasteur plant in Pennsylvania has launched a lawsuit claiming that the company failed to fulfill its promise of COVID hazard pay.

According to the lawsuit, Sanofi and Yoh Services, a staffing company for technicians at the plant, promised employees a 15 percent pay boost for the duration of the pandemic. The promise of increased wages came in April but the additional hazard pay never materialized. Instead, the companies sent an email in November stating that the more than 60 technicians at the plant would receive three additional paid days off. A plant manager confirmed to the technician who brought the suit that the three paid days off were being given in lieu of the promised hazard pay.  

The employee filed her complaint as a class action suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Please and said that the lack of hazard pay cost her about $5,000. The technician says that Sanofi and Yoh violated the Pennsylvania Wage Collection and Payment Law. 

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