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Family sues Tyson Foods for negligence after employee dies of virus

The children of Pedro Cano claim the meatpacking facility their father worked at did not have appropriate precautions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus

The family of a man who worked for Tyson Foods has pressed charges against the company after he died of coronavirus earlier this year.

Pedro Cano, 51, was a meatpacker working “elbow-to-elbow,” the suit claims, with fellow maskless and gloveless employees at a pork processing plant in eastern Iowa in April when he contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel virus that has thrown the world into a pandemic.

A lawsuit is accusing Tyson of “gross negligence” after not informing factory workers of proper safety precautions to prevent being exposed to the virus.

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The plant closed down in early April after more employees tested positive for the potentially deadly disease, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

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By April 10, Cano had to be hospitalized. He died from complications of coronavirus on April 14, according to Sioux City Journal.

According to the Des Moines Register, Tyson Foods had created a coronavirus taskforce back in January, and Tyson Foods posted a statement that corporate employees were to work from home as early at March 17.

However, plants and factories were deemed essential and remained open in order to send food to grocery stores.

The Columbus Junction, Iowa plant was the first in the state to report positive cases of coronavirus. Although Tyson implemented more safety precautions at other plants after the Columbus Junction factory shut down, coronavirus would spread to plants in the Iowa cities of Perry, Waterloo and Storm Lake.

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When the Columbus Junction plant closed on April 6, 24 Tyson employees of the Iowa plants tested positive, at first. That number later grew to 522.

Cano’s family is suing Tyson Foods because it failed to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, which stated on March 9 that employers were to provide employees with protective equipment and education on how to prevent transmitting the virus.

The grievance states that Tyson Foods “had not provided adequate training or instruction” to Cano and his co-workers to “minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.” It also states Tyson failed to “provide reasonable screening of employees arriving for their shifts for symptoms of COVID-19.”

The lawsuit was issued by Cano’s three adult children, Jennifer, Kimberly and Peter.

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Whil Adds its Workplace Wellbeing & Employee Performance Catalog to Degreed

Whil, a science-based training platform for workplace mindfulness, stress resilience, sleep and mental & emotional wellbeing, announced a new partnership and integration with Degreed, the leading learning experience platform. Whil’s full catalog of 250+ mini-courses and 3,000+ daily sessions, articles and exercises is now available to mutual clients through the integration.

Additionally, Whil has made select resources freely available to all Degreed clients through the One-Click Provider Integration program. This complimentary content, which includes 200+ articles, blogs, webinars and insights, is specifically tailored to help employees reduce stress and boost performance. Any organization’s Degreed administrator can enable this integration via the One-Click Dashboard.

Joe Burton, Founder and CEO of Whil, shared, “More than ever, employees need the skills to manage stress, anxiety and sleep issues in the face of ongoing change and disruption both inside and outside of the workplace. We’re incredibly excited to help Degreed’s clients create high performing cultures that start with employee wellbeing.”

“Mental health couldn’t be more important for organizations to be thinking about. According to our upcoming State of Skills report, anxiety about skills is becoming a major mental health and wellness issue with nearly four-in-10 (38%) workers and business leaders stating that a lack of confidence in their skills makes their mental health suffer,” said Sarah Danzl, Head of Global Communications at Degreed. “Whil’s focus on employee mindfulness and mental & emotional wellbeing is a welcome addition to our One-Click library and supports our continued drive to improve Degreed’s content offering.”

Whil’s content catalog leverages 300+ evidence-based studies, incorporates 35+ of the world’s leading MDs, PhDs and Certified Experts, and is based on decades of experience in neuroscience, mindfulness, positive psychology and Adult Learning Theory. Whil’s current customers include Harvard Business School, Toyota, Poly (Polycom), Ansell, Square, Allina Health, Northwestern Mutual, Independence University and 250+ other companies committed to building mindful cultures.

Employers interested in learning more about Whil should visit

About Whil

Whil is the leading digital solution for training stress resilience, mindfulness, sleep, wellbeing and emotional intelligence skills. Our mini-courses and sessions are based on decades of experience in neuroscience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and Adult Learning Theory. Over 250 companies are currently using Whil to reduce absenteeism, stress, turnover and healthcare costs – while creating more mindful, high-performance cultures.

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About Degreed

Degreed is the workforce upskilling platform for one in three Fortune 50 companies. We integrate and curate all the resources people use to learn — including learning management systems and millions of courses, videos, articles, books, and podcasts. Then we use behavioral and data science to analyze everyone’s skills, and to automatically personalize career development based on their jobs, strengths, and goals. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with additional offices in Salt Lake City, New York, London, Amsterdam, and Brisbane.

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CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital employee, cancer patient faces obstacles with gratitude and thankfulness

In 2014, Heather Lozada was working as a nurse in Lubbock, but she felt something pulling her to Houston.

She applied for some jobs in Lubbock, but also put in for some in Houston where her sister lived. She applied for an educator position in the Texas Medical Center and within hours was scheduled for an interview.

“It was like God was saying, ‘Go to Houston, Go to Houston,’” she said.

She got the job and days later she and her husband, Joseph, bought a house in Houston.

“Everything was working out like it was supposed to,” Lozada said.

But she had a nagging feeling. She felt a lump but wasn’t too concerned. She was breastfeeding her 9-month-old son. She thought it was just a clogged milk duct.

She knew her insurance was about to run out with the job change, so she wanted to get it checked out just in case.

She had a mammogram and her OBGYN ordered an ultrasound.

Cancer diagnosis

“Everything had been working out so well, then all the sudden it was ‘oh, you have cancer,’” she said.

She had no history of breast cancer in her family and she had always lived a healthy and active lifestyle.

“It was a shocker being diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said. “I just never really thought it would happen to me.”

While she was still in Lubbock, she had a body scan and a biopsy.

She got the results while on a girls trip traveling to Houston with three of her closest friends.

Over the phone she found out she had Stage IV breast cancer that had spread to her liver and her lungs.

“It took my breath away,” she said. “I remember whispering,