A widely circulated letter from a striking worker at a Frito-Lay plant in Kansas includes the wild accusation that employees had to keep working even when someone dropped dead on the job.
“When a co-worker collapsed and died, you had us move the body and put in another co-worker to keep the line going,” Topeka plant employee Cherie Renfro wrote in the missive to the company, published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Renfro’s letter cited several examples she thought justified the strike, accusing “iron-fisted management” of creating a toxic workplace that includes an incident where workers were told to work during and after a fire despite “dense smoke.”
But the letter’s most attention-grabbing claim prompted Frito-Lay to respond in a statement posted to its website that noted in bold “Employees are Not Required to Continue Working if an Associate Requires Emergency Medical Attention.”
“Frito-Lay wholly rejects the recent allegation as entirely false that an employee ‘collapsed and died’ and the