We demand Justice for Evan. Join us at a protest across the nation.

On March 9, 2021, 40-year old Evan Seyfried took his own life after workplace bullying and mobbing. He was a 20-year exemplary employee at Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the US. 

On March 9, 2022, advocates across the country will take to the streets demanding justice for Evan.

According to The Washington Post, in a "wrongful death" lawsuit, Evan's family alleges his death resulted from a six-month harassment campaign by two co-workers at the Milford, Ohio, location:

  • A supervisor allegedly harassed him for wearing a face mask during COVID and made fun of him for his political beliefs, calling him "antifa." 
  • Evan reported several unwanted sexual advances toward him, which resulted in no response from management after he reported them.
  • The supervisor allegedly left holes in his department schedule, making extra work for him.
  • After hearing reports from neighbors, Evan believed co-workers who his supervisors pitted against him followed him home and waited on the street for long periods of time.
  • Evan allegedly received threats, including a supervisor allegedly telling him he could track his Internet usage.
  • Evan's repeated reports to both management and the union resulted in no meaningful action. In fact, Kroger denied a transfer to another store.
  • After Evan helped two female employees file sexual harassment complaints against a supervisor, he received texts with child pornography.
  • Co-workers allegedly replaced old milk on his shelves on the day of an audit.
  • Supervisors wrote Evan up nine times despite never before receiving a reprimand in this nearly two-decade career. He feared he would be fired.
  • Fearing for his safety, Evan moved in with his parents. Before quitting, Evan worried about the audit, his phone monitoring, and the plan to frame him for possessing child pornography.

The lawsuit

The Washington Post article


Why we’re organizing

Organizers across the country share why it’s important to them to speak out to demand justice for Evan:

“I have decided to step up to be part of Justice for Evan because our government has failed me by obstructing justice and cover-ups on a crime committed by one of their own management officials.”
— Deliris, Texas

“I’m working on the Justice for Evan campaign because I feel strong empathy for the pain Evan’s family must be experiencing. You see, I had my tenure sabotaged by a bully. For years leading up to my tenure review, I’m told this individual instructed other committee reviewers to eventually vote against me but to make it look like I had a fair chance. My tenure denial occurred at the same time that both my parents had fallen gravely ill. My father had attempted suicide, with a copy of a vicious letter from a dean regarding my tenure at his side. I suspect the reason my father attempted to end his life was to avoid the inevitable costs of his nursing home care so I would still have funds to care for myself and my mother. I understand how an act of bullying can devastate an individual as well as others surrounding that individual. It has to stop.”
— Leigh, Louisiana

“I’m stepping up because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve seen so much human potential wasted and public dollars squandered when perpetrators are not held accountable in meaningful, lasting ways. Of course I’m also speaking from personal experience as a union steward, a manager, a colleague, and a person with lived traumatic experience — now stronger than ever! Oregon has a strong public policy interest in preventing the ill effects of abusive workplaces yet little evidence to show how it has been operationalized across all sectors.”
— Tamara, Oregon

“As co-organizer of the Justice for Evan campaign, I came on board last summer after reading an article from a local publication about Evan. Then I read the lawsuit complaint… twice. Having been employed with the Kroger Company for almost 25 years, I could not believe what I read. I was appalled, disgusted, saddened, pissed off, and left feeling a betrayal that only a longtime employee of the company could understand. The great lengths that went into mobbing and sabotaging Evan, not to mention the downright criminal tactics executed to get him to quit, are not only egregious but highly immoral. The toxic workplace culture Kroger has allowed to go unchecked for years must end. Now. That includes holding every person involved in the bullycide of Evan Seyfried accountable from store level to the union all the way to the C-Suite. Each and every person who played a part has destroyed the Seyfried family, his girlfriend, his co-workers, his friends, and Kroger’s once good name. Evan’s human right to dignity at work was violated in the worst way. I stand up in solidarity to make sure Kroger can never do this to anyone in their workforce again. We must pass the Dignity At Work Act in every state because it is clear that corporations, when left to their own devices, will not do what is right to make the necessary changes on their own.”
— Erica, Arizona

 

Demand Justice for Evan

 "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
— Desmond Tutu

Demand justice for Evan Seyfried, his family, his friends, and his co-workers on the first anniversary of his death from workplace bullying and mobbing. Help create noise across the country so we can get #JusticeForEvan! It's a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about bullying and mobbing that those affected should not take lightly. Whether you were bullied 30 minutes ago or 30 years ago, show up for an hour to say in unison across the US what happened to Evan is not acceptable and what happened to YOU is not acceptable.

RSVP FOR A MARCH 9 PROTEST NEAR YOU (a local team lead will reach out to you with more details):

https://actionnetwork.org/events/justice-for-evan-protests/

IF YOU DON'T SEE A LOCATION NEAR YOU, PLAN A PROTEST NEAR YOU (pick a State House or court house, let us know, bring a sign, and we'll handle the rest — it's that simple):

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