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Lawyer petitions for Atrium, Novant to give frontline workers hazard pay

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A labor lawyer is pushing Atrium Health, Novant, and other healthcare systems to increase pay for employees who are most at risk.

Josh Van Kampen started a petition, urging the employers to give those workers hazard pay.

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He also wants them to have the protective gear they need.

He told Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke he already has more than 100 signatures just a few days in.

“They’re being paid as if they just showed up to work on a regular run of the mill day in the ER and they need to be compensated for the risk that they’re taking for their community,” Van Kampen said.

Stoogenke asked Atrium and Novant for their views, but they have not responded.