Gerardo Gutierrez, a deli worker described as ‘friendly, dedicated and charismatic,’ died in April after contracting the novel coronavirus
Gerardo Gutierrez was already sick with a fever and cough when Publix, the Florida-based supermarket chain where he worked as a deli employee, began allowing all staff to wear face masks to work. Other grocery store chains, such as Kroger, had begun to source protective equipment and roll out mask-wearing protocols in the weeks prior, but Publix lagged behind. It was too late for Gutierrez, who passed away from COVID-19 complications in late April, several weeks after showing his first symptoms. Now, according to the Tampa Bay Times, his family is suing the supermarket chain for Gutierrez’s wrongful death.
According to a lawsuit filed by his family, and obtained by the Times, the 70-year-old father of four asked Publix for permission … Read more