EDITOR’S NOTE: This submission was received several weeks ago.
I work in web development. I m working under contract for an insurance firm that is located in the middle of the Thomas Fire in southern California. The entire area is under voluntary evacuation. IT insists that we can’t have remote access to the staging environment, so we can’t work from home. Our contract does not include sick or holiday pay. We are expected to come into an area thick with smoke if we want to be paid anything at all.
The building doesn’t have circulation air and is just pumping in smoke from outside. We just watched upper management leave early while we’re still expected to work.