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Lawsuit filed over cleaning worker who died in department store bathroom, body not found for days

20 Sep 2023 5:38 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

Lawsuit filed over cleaning worker who died in department store bathroom, body not found for days

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of a cleaning worker whose body remained in a locked bathroom at a department store for days after she died filed suit Tuesday against the Belk chain, saying her body was so decomposed they couldn’t even hold an open casket funeral.

Attorneys Chris Hart, left, and Seth Rose, second from left, speak to announce that the family of a Belk employee is suing the department store chain after a worker died in a bathroom and was not found for four days during a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Columbia, S.C. Investigator said Bessie Durham's cleaning cart was outside the locked bathroom door the whole time. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Bessie Durham, a 63-year-old worker with a contractor hired to clean the Belk store near Columbia, South Carolina, went into a family bathroom around 7 a.m. on a Thursday in 2022 and died shortly after from a cardiac problem, attorney Chris Hart said.

Durham had clocked in for work but never clocked out and her cleaning cart sat outside the locked door for four days until Columbia Police called the store trying to find Durham because her family reported the woman missing, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday.

More at source: Associated Press

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