Wando Evans was found dead in his home on March 25th, presumably from COVID-19 complications. He worked overnights in the stocking and maintenance department and was with Walmart for 15 years. Evans first mentioned symptoms consistent with Coronavirus to management at his store two weeks prior but was largely ignored - according to court documents.
Evans’ brother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the retail giant, alleging the store did not do enough to protect employees from the Coronavirus.
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The lawsuit alleges Walmart was negligent by overlooking CDC guidelines. For example, Walmart allegedly failed to implement, promote and enforce social distancing guidelines, and failed to cleanse and sanitize the store in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that this Walmart location failed to provide personal protective equipment such as masks, latex gloves and even antibacterial soaps or wipes to employees.
OSHA is being contacted regarding an investigation into this Walmart location.
OSHA requirements for personal protection equipment can be found here.
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Another employee at the same store passed away on March 29 also due to complications related to COVID-19, according to the complaint.
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