RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – An employer who refuses to let employees work remotely for COVID-19[female[feminine surges responsible for this employee’s infection or even his death from the virus?
A Inner empire the family alleges just that in a lawsuit against Riverside County. They claim that Michael Haywood, 61, a 15-year employee of the county’s flood control and water conservation district, has repeatedly warned supervisors that safety instructions, such as mask wear, were not monitored in the workplace. They say he asked to work remotely, as he did at the start of the pandemic, because he was a cancer survivor with other pre-existing conditions, including hypertension and diabetes.
They are making his claim and tested positive for COVID-19, along with other colleagues, in December 2020. He was hospitalized on Christmas Day and died in February.
His wife also contracted the disease and, according to the lawsuit, suffers from long-term symptoms. Besides his widow, Michael is survived by four adult children and 11 grandchildren.
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County officials said they did not review the lawsuit, but issued a statement expressing condolences for Haywood’s death, adding that “the county is taking necessary coronavirus precautions to prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes working closely with all county departments, state and local public health officials, and CalOSHA to ensure best practices are followed for safety and well-being county employees. ”
Haywood died in the winter of 2020-2021, when the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had yet to authorize any vaccines. “Two months later,” Elizabeth said in tears, “He could have been vaccinated.”
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