July 10, 2020 — Some employees of a distribution center for Ralphs and Food-4-Less have filed a class action lawsuit after at least 100 workers were infected with COVID-19.
The class action lawsuit was filed against Kroger by employees of the distribution center on South Wilmington Avenue in the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
According to the complaint, COVID-19 spread “like wildfire” through the facility because management failed to protect workers.
At least 106 workers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to L.A. County’s Public Health Department, out of about 500 employees.
One employee who was hospitalized for 4 days in May said there was “total fear” among workers at the facility. He said management did nothing with his list of close contacts who he had exposed to the virus.
Instead, management repeatedly insisted that multiple COVID-19 infections among employees were “isolated incidents.”
The company is accused of failing to take “even the most basic precautions to protect the health and safety of their employees.”
These failures allegedly led to “a severe COVID-19 outbreak at the distribution center and public spread of the virus among employees, their family members, and close contacts,” according to the lawsuit.