One month after a son found the body of his mother inside a walk-in freezer at Arby’s in New Iberia, Louisiana, the family is suing, reports KPLC.
Nguyet Le died while working alone at the fast food chain. Authorities believe she was trapped inside. Her lawyer indicates a police report says she tried to pound on the door until she collapsed.
KATC reports a former employee who asked to remain anonymous described the freezer door as an ongoing danger.
“The freezer door has been broken for months, they’ve known about it, workers who have complained and everyone knows it, there were multiple work orders put in,” that person is quoted as saying.
The Daily Mail reports workers were in the habit of propping the door open with a box of oil. A preliminary autopsy reports indicated Le died of hypothermia. She normally works as a manager in Houston, but had been asked to go to New Iberia to assist with that location.
“She was performing some opening functions apparently before the rest of the crew got there, her son dropped her off 8:30-9 in the morning and so she was working by herself and when her son came back to open the store is when he found her,” the family’s attorney Paul Skrabanek told KATC.
Le is a mother of four and a grandmother. The family is suing for $1 million.
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