Michelle Sylvester refuses to go back to work because she doesn’t want to risk spreading coronavirus.

The Long Beach, California-based hairstylist said most of her clients are over 75 years old. The salon she works at remains open, but she is staying home until health agencies say the COVID-19 crisis is over. 

“I can’t put my life in danger and their lives in danger for a couple of dollars,” Sylvester said.

As an independent contractor, she’s well within her rights to avoid showing up for work without risking her job. But are you?

As the coronavirus pandemic ramps up, workers might be wondering what rights they have if (or when) their higher-ups request that they return to the office. And with President Trump pressing for the economy to be “opened up