HAE Takes On Central Valley Meat Over COVID-19 Outbreak

A team of attorneys from Haeggquist & Eck have sued Central Valley Meat Company, one of the nation’s largest meat-processing facilities employing more than 900 people in Hanford, Calif., after the company allowed multiple employees to return to work the day after they tested positive for COVID-19 this spring.

Maria Ornelas is the named plaintiff in the case, which is styled as a class action and is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Ornelas contracted coronavirus in April and filed the suit on behalf of workers at Central Valley Meat Company.

The complaint alleges that Central Valley Meat knowingly allowed at least one employee to work up to five additional days after testing positive for COVID-19, and states that at least one of the first workers to test positive was expressly told by Central Valley Meat to return to work in only two days, despite CDC guidelines urging otherwise.

Click here to read the Fresno Bee’s coverage of the case. The case was also featured in California Patchon local news outlets throughout California’s Central Valley and Bay Area, and on TopClassActions.com.

If you have been forced to return to work after a positive COVID-19 test, contact the attorneys at Haeggquist & Eck for a free consultation.  You can get in touch with someone who can help by calling (619) 342-8000 or by contacting us online.



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