Wando Evans Wiki – Wando Evans Biography
Wando Evans, who worked at a Walmart store in Evergreen Park for 15 years, was found dead in his home on March 25. He had first mentioned symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus to management at his store two weeks prior but was largely ignored, according to court documents filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Wando Evans Age
He was 51 years old
Wando Evans Walmart Employee Death
Two Walmart grocery store employees and a greeter at a Giant store are among at least four supermarket workers who have died from the coronavirus in the U.S.
Walmart Official Statement
A Walmart spokesperson confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that two workers at a Chicago-area store died after contracting the virus.
“We are heartbroken at the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store and we are mourning along with their families,” the company said in a statement.
The employees were identified in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the company as Wando Evans, 51, and Phillip Thomas, 48.
Evans’ brother, Toney Evans, filed the suit against Walmart Inc. on Monday in a Cook County Circuit Court, claiming willful and wanton misconduct, reckless disregard and gross negligence.
The lawsuit alleges Walmart was negligent in, among other things, failing to implement, promote and enforce social distancing guidelines and that it failed to cleanse and sanitize the store in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The suit also alleges the store failed to provide personal protective equipment such as masks, latex gloves and even antibacterial soaps or wipes to employees. Another employee at the same store passed away on March 29 also due to complications related to COVID-19, according to the complaint.
Walmart “had a duty to exercise reasonable care in keeping the store in a safe and healthy environment and, in particular, to protect employees, customers and other individuals within the store from contracting COVID-19 when it knew or should have known that individuals at the store were at a very high risk of infection and exposure,” the lawsuit states.
Wando Evans, an overnight stock and maintenance associate, first began experiencing symptoms in mid-March and told a store manager, “but was ignored,” the brother’s attorney, Tony Kalogerakos, said in a press release.
Evans, who worked overnights in stock and maintenance at Walmart, was sent home by store management on March 23, and then found dead just two days later. He was 51.
A Walmart spokesman declined to comment on the pending litigation, but said the company was “heartbroken” over the deaths and had implemented new safety and sanitizing measures at all stores amid the coronavirus pandemic.