Four days after posting a viral video regarding citizens failing to take the coronavirus seriously, Detroit bus driver. Jason Hargrove, passed away from complications brought on by his contraction of the coronavirus. Hargrove had been a long time employee of the Detroit pubic transit system when he was allegedly coughed on by a passenger of his bus. Just 11 days after posting his impassioned video, Hargrove died from the illness.
““We’re out here as public workers, doing our job, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families,” he said. “But for you to get on the bus, and stand on the bus, and cough several times without covering up your mouth, and you know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, that lets me know that some folks don’t care,” Hargrove says on his video posting.
Hargrove leaves behind a wife and six children, he was 50 years old.
Unfortunately, Hargrove’s story is not unique. Hard working city employees are called into work every day to serve a vital need for the general public. Despite the known risks of contracting Covid-19, these unsung heroes continue to do their job even when millions of Americans have lost theirs. With this risk, the question then becomes, how much risk can these city employees take on without having just cause to suspend their duties for the sake of they and their families well-being. It is a legal question being asked across Vermont and the nation that has yet to be determined by the judicial system, but certainly is opening up a new frontier on the fight for worker’s rights.