Metro mail carrier pressured into working despite COVID-19 symptoms, coworkers say

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Workers at a metro post office are outraged over how their employers handled a colleague who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Several employees, who asked to remain anonymous, told FOX4 an unidentified mail carrier at the main post office in Independence, off Lexington Avenue, started feeling ill over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

The carrier called in sick the following Monday, July 6, telling management that he was coughing, experiencing muscle pain and had a temperature over 100 degrees, according to his colleagues. He got tested the same day for the virus.

“Word around the office is one of the managers says, ‘Hey, this guy’s probably lying. He just doesn’t want to be here,’” one worker said.

“They just rolled the dice with our health and everybody’s safety,” another worker said.

The sick mail carrier took the next three days off, waiting for his results.

Employees told FOX4 workers are required to provide documentation if out sick for more than three days. The carrier apparently only had a vague receipt of his test, so he went into work on Thursday.

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