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On March 9, 2021, 40-year old Evan Seyfried took his own life after workplace psychological abuse. HE WAS A 20-YEAR EXEMPLARY EMPLOYEE AT KROGER, ONE OF THE LARGEST GROCERS IN THE U.S..

Evan's story serves as a blueprint for workplace bullying and mobbing.

In a "wrongful death" lawsuit, Evan's family alleges his death resulted from a six-month harassment campaign by two store managers as well as his employer and union representative who invoked willful blindness to avoid liability and responsibility at the Milford, Ohio, location:

  • A supervisor allegedly harassed him for wearing a face mask during COVID, calling him "antifa."
  • Evan reported several unwanted sexual advances toward him with no response from management.
  • The supervisor allegedly left holes in his department schedule, making extra work for him.
  • After hearing reports from neighbors, Evan believed co-workers who his supervisors pitted against him followed him home and waited on the street for long periods of time.
  • Evan allegedly received threats, including a supervisor telling him he could track his Internet usage.
  • Evan's repeated reports to both management and the union resulted in no meaningful action. In fact, Kroger denied a transfer to another store.
  • After Evan helped two female employees file sexual harassment complaints against a supervisor, he received texts with child sexual abuse materials.
  • Co-workers allegedly sabotaged an audit.
  • Supervisors wrote Evan up nine times despite never before receiving a reprimand in this nearly two-decade career. He feared he would be fired.
  • Fearing for his safety, Evan moved in with his parents. Before quitting, Evan worried about the audit, his phone monitoring, and the plan to frame him for possessing child sexual abuse materials.

Kroger failed to act in accordance with their own complaint policies while violating Evan's inherent right to dignity.

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We believe America’s workers have a right to safe workplaces where their psychological health is recognized as a vital component of overall well-being. All people — regardless of their gender, race, color, national origin, class, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, size, income, faith, religion, and political affiliation — deserve to lead healthy and productive lives and to work in safe environments free from workplace abuse, workplace bullying, workplace mobbing, and oppression.

We are part of End Workplace Abuse, which strives to protect and promote workers’ right to psychological wellness – critical to physical health, by advocating for the elimination of abusive behaviors (bullying, mobbing, and harassment) from the American workplace. We achieve our mission by organizing and leading a collective movement advocating for psychological safety at work. We lobby for protective legislation and policies, raise public awareness about psychological harm at work, build leaders who campaign for abuse-free workplaces, and collaborate with other organizations advancing workers’ rights. Because bias and prejudice are often an integral part of workplace abuse, we advocate for protections against discrimination.

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