Lawsuits have already begun alleging that the manner in which employers handled COVID exposure resulted in serious injury or death to employees. For example, in the case of Iniguez v. Aurora Packing Company, the estate of the wife of a butcher filed a lawsuit against her husband’s employer, a meat packing company. The suit claims that the husband contracted COVID-19 while at work and transmitted the disease to his wife, who died. The lawsuit claims that the employer knew COVID-19 was spreading at its facility but did nothing to mitigate the risk. The lawsuit alleges the employer was negligent in failing to notify employees of the spread of the virus, negligent in failing to implement an infectious disease control program that followed CDC and other healthcare guidelines, and failed to monitor employee exposure to COVID-19.
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