Lawsuit: Kroger supervisor drove worker to suicide

2021-07-14 07:57:10

CINCINNATI — The supervisor of a Kroger retailer in Milford created “disturbing, harmful, and deranged situations,” in the end resulting in an worker’s demise by suicide, in response to a lawsuit filed Monday with the Hamilton County clerk of courts.

Forty-year-old Kroger dairy supervisor Evan Seyfried was “(a) dutiful Kroger worker (who) reported to work each day throughout a pandemic prepared to supply a high quality, protected product, but was stricken by his personal superiors inside the constructing that promised to maintain all prospects and associates protected,” Austin LiPuma, lawyer for Seyfried’s father, Kenneth Seyfried, mentioned in a information launch.

“Like so many on this neighborhood, his job at Kroger was his identification,” mentioned LiPuma. “It was all the things to him.”

Evan Seyfried died March 9 “with no prior historical past of extreme psychological well being issues,” the swimsuit states. “Kroger deliberately subjected Evan to torturous situations that have been instantly answerable for his demise.”

The swimsuit goes on to accuse a supervisor on the grocery chain’s Milford, Ohio, location of instigating “a marketing campaign (in October 2020) devoted to ousting Evan whereas proclaiming her intention to make Evan’s life a ‘dwelling hell.'”

“After which, from that time on, that is fall 2020, due to his refusals to adjust to, fairly frankly, harmful conduct,” mentioned LiPuma. “They then focused him with simply, as I discussed, utterly indescribable habits.”

The swimsuit claims the supervisor’s feud with Evan Seyfried stemmed, partly, from issues he had raised regarding COVID-19, which led to “hazing, taunting and bullying” and makes an attempt to sabotage his work.

As a part of the alleged bullying, Seyfried’s boss “mocked and humiliated” him for carrying a masks — according to the corporate’s pandemic insurance policies — in addition to for his political opinions, the swimsuit states.

“There may be completely nothing else indicative that Evan had any points with psychological sickness, no historical past of any points in anyway,” mentioned LiPuma. “And each single criticism that led as much as that fateful day was solely attributable to these garish tales in conduct from that location.”

WCPO reached out to a Kroger spokesperson Monday afternoon however didn’t hear again.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial on a number of claims in opposition to the corporate and two named managers together with wrongful demise; conspiracy; intentional infliction of emotional misery; negligent infliction of emotional misery; invasion of privateness; sexual harassment, and reckless, willful and wanton conduct, amongst others.

“We even have so many questions, understanding that Evan tried to blow the whistle to say ‘these are the folks supposed to guard me, I am making an attempt to place you on discover,'” mentioned LiPuma.

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