Judge Rules Family of Kroger Employee Who Took His Own Life Can Proceed With Lawsuit
WKRC-CINCINNATI - February 20, 2023 6:43 am
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Nearly two years after his death, a judge ruled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Kroger employee who took his own life can move forward.
Evan Seyfried’s older brother Eric continues to honor his brother’s life and legacy.
“It was incredible to have him as a brother. Maybe I didn’t realize how much that meant until I lost him. He was the glue that held our family together. He was so smart and funny,” said Seyfried.
In 2021, Evan’s family filed a lawsuit against Kroger and two of its employees. The lawsuit claimed Kroger subjected Seyfried to torturous conditions which were directly responsible for his death. The lawsuit claims in October 2020, a Milford store manager made a campaign to oust Evan and make his life a living hell.
The lawsuit claims that hazing, bullying, and threatening behavior he dealt with from his superiors led to his death.
By February 2021, he had stepped down from his position and requested to be sent to another store.
Attorneys for Kroger deny those claims and filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss the suit.
This week, a judge denied their motion and ruled the family’s lawsuit can move forward.
“It’s been a very hard, long, hard wait. We’ve always known we were in the right. We want to educate people on the effects of workplace bullying that isn’t taken seriously and could lead to tragic consequences,” said Seyfried.