The superior court of Los Angeles County has been fined more than $25,000 for COVID-19 workplace safety violations following the deaths of at least four courthouse workers.
The superior court plans to appeal the violations, according to a court spokeswoman who said the state agency that imposed the fine does not have complete information, report the Los Angeles Times and Law360.
The court system is also facing a civil lawsuit accusing it of prioritizing nonessential operations over safety. According to the Los Angeles Times, court workers and lawyers complained of dangerous conditions. Among their complaints: Judges allowed witnesses to testify without masks, and workers and lawyers were unable to socially distance in meeting rooms and during inmate interviews.