May 8, 2020 — The wife of a 36 year-old meat plant worker who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Quality Sausage Co. in Dallas, Texas.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Hugo D., a forklift driver who died on April 25 after being infected with COVID-19.
He allegedly developed symptoms of the infection, but his employers refused to let him take paid-sick leave. He continued to work until his symptoms were too severe, according to the lawsuit:
“As his symptoms became evident, he was told to report to work and to keep at it, otherwise he would have been laid off. … A few days later he was gone; pronounced dead.”
Quality Sausage Co. is accused of failing to take safety precautions, even as workers were becoming sick in early April.
He died one day after death of another worker who was also infected with COVID-19. Then, finally, the plant announced that it would shut down temporarily to assess its “response to the COVID-19 crisis, including completing testing of all employees.”