Loblaws sued over hep A-infected employee

$100-million class action law suit launched against the company
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

This August more than 17,000 Torontonians who bought produce at a west-end Loblaws lined up for hepatitis A vaccines after a store employee came down with the disease.

In September, a $100-million class action law suit was launched against the company.

The Canadian grocery chain was accused of negligently exposing customers to hepatitis A. The statement of claim alleges the company is vicariously liable for the negligence of some of its employees. It asserts the company, or at least some employees “were, or should have been, aware” by the end of July that the infected employee was showing symptoms of a disease but allowed the person to continue working with food. It was Aug. 16 before Toronto Public Health officials announced the employee was infected with hepatitis A.