A Volkswagen mechanics’ lawsuit has been filed against the company in New York over its response to his medical crisis, including his inability to drive his vehicle on the road, a lawyer for the mechanic told Al Jazeera.
“He lost his job,” the lawyer, Michael A. Krasny, told Aljazeera.
“I would not put words in his mouth, but he lost his life.”
The mechanic, who has been with the Volkswagen brand for 10 years, suffered a “serious health crisis” in 2015 that required his removal from his job and the installation of a ventilator, the lawsuit said.
It alleges that Volkswagen did not inform the mechanic that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and did not make a formal request to the mechanic to undergo treatment, which would have been standard procedure.
The mechanic’s complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Krakny said the mechanic is seeking to recoup the cost of his medical treatment and “the other expenses” incurred.
“The Volkswagen Group will be taking all necessary actions to investigate and take appropriate action,” Volkswagen said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Our team is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all our employees.”
Krakny’s complaint was filed on March 1, the day after the company announced a recall for the diesel Beetle, a car model that has become increasingly popular since the outbreak.
The company said that the recall was ordered to protect the health of millions of customers and to prevent a future COVID outbreak.
In addition to his claim for damages, Kraknys complaint alleges that he has been treated at least three times since 2015 and that he was denied medical care because of his COVID status.
Kraknies claims the VW recall resulted in the driver losing his job because of COVID.
Krasny told Alja-News Channel that the driver’s COVID infection was diagnosed at the time of the first recall and he was not told about the need for a venting system until he was in a hospital.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York, which includes the city of New Rochelle, and will be argued in the New York State Court of Claims on Wednesday.