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ABC of Wisconsin Supports Effort to Block Naming Employers Tied to COVID-19 Cases

October 26th, 2020 | by NEWCA

ABC of Wisconsin (ABCWI) Board of Directors voted October 21 to join Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) “in opposing efforts by the state to release the names of businesses that have been connected to COVID-19 cases through contact tracing.”

Earlier this month, WMC filed suit against Gov. Tony Evers, Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm over their plan to release the names of employers who have had employees who have test positive for Coronavirus.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter issues a temporary restraining order barring the Evers administration from taking the action earlier in October.

ABCWI stated the following in their announcement:

“ABC is backing WMC on a lawsuit filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court against Gov. Tony Evers and Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. WMC is seeking to block the release of the names of businesses that are tied to at least two COVID-19 cases, arguing the release of information will unfairly malign businesses and violate the privacy of employees. The records are being sought by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel under Wisconsin's public records law.”

You can read more about the lawsuit here.

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