A Transgender employee died of COVID-19, Burger King blamed HRT

Angela Martinez Gomez

#SayHerName Angela Martinez Gomez

Transgender woman Angela Martinez Gomez worked for a full week at Burger King even though she was exhibiting advanced symptoms of COVID-19. Employees claim they were told Gomez died from complications from hormone injections, not coronavirus.

A friend of hers wrote “Angela left a mark on all the people that met her, she was always a very happy and humble individual. Her friends, family and acquaintances will always carry her in our hearts. She taught us to fight for our dreams and to be ourselves. For those reasons and for many more, we will miss her so much for the rest of our lives.”

What did Burger King Management tell Gomez when she was struggling to stay alive?

Angela Martinez Gomez a 15-year employee at the Pico Blvd Santa Monica Burger King died Monday, July 6, 2020, following her last shift on June 29.

“Several workers walked out for safety on July 6, after learning of Angela’s death,” said a complaint filed with CAL/OSHA and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health obtained by Santa Monica Daily Press. “A worker shouldn’t have to die and workers shouldn’t have to strike to call attention to COVID-19 safety at Burger King.”

The complaint states she was coughing, nauseous and taking frequent bathroom breaks. It states she was self-medicating with cold medicine and that employees learned she had died on July 6.

The complaint said a second employee also worked during the same time while exhibiting chills and a high temperature.

Yolanda Garcia filed the complaint and said she is the third employee to develop symptoms.

“I feel very worried and I have a bad headache,” she wrote. “July 8 I woke up coughing with chills, shaking and body aches, my right lung hurts making it difficult to breathe, and I am very tired. I am worried about my health and my family’s health; eight of us live together, and my brother and I both have diabetes. Last week I visited my grandchildren, and now I do not know if I have COVID-19, or if I gave it to them. I am worried.”

Garcia said she told the manager about her concerns but was told Martinez’s death was a result of medical treatment, not COVID-19 as Gomez was transgender and taking hormones.

“I don’t know of anyone who has been notified as a close contact or quarantined,” said Garcia. “I told (the manager) I was going to get tested for COVID-19, and she said she was going to get tested too, but she also said she didn’t think Angela died of COVID-19, she said Angela died of injecting hormones. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

Burger King

Garcia said Martinez had been taking hormones for a long time during her transformation and she couldn’t conceive of the medications suddenly causing her death. Rather, she thinks the company was trying to avoid responsibility for the situation given Martinez has been sick while on shift.

In her complaint, Garcia alleges the restaurant has not provided fresh masks for each shift, does not implement physical distancing requirements in the kitchen, has not trained staff on safety protocols and doesn’t clean frequently enough.

Burger King said in a statement to CBS Local KCal 9 ” We have not received any news or confirmation that Angela’s tragic death was associated with Covid-19. No symptoms were reported by the team at that location.”

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner said Gómez’s cause of death is being deferred pending further investigation. It has not yet been confirmed whether she had coronavirus.

A fundraiser has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.


Opinion:

The Coronavirus has morphed into a class plague. So-called ‘Essential’ workers are in reality expendable workers who are routinely denied safe working conditions and are not told when co-workers are sickened by or die of COVID-19.

There is no way to know how many people have experienced this with tragic results. I did twice, but thank God, my loved ones and I lived without contracting the Conorovirus again.

The bottom line.

There needs to be a law against that to protect workers and punish employers whose only concern is the bottom line.

We are NOT expendable riff-raff.

#TransLivesMatter #SayHerName

R.I.P. Angela Martinez Gomez

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