JENKS, Okla. – A man has filed a lawsuit against an Oklahoma restaurant after his wife died of a heart attack.
Robert Boling is claiming negligence against The Jenks Restaurant, where his wife was a waitress.
According to Fox 23, Boling claims management of the restaurant denied his wife, Tasha Boling, the opportunity to leave after she complained about having chest problems.
Court documents state management told Boling’s wife that she couldn’t leave unless she found a replacement.
The woman later died of a heart attack in the back room of the restaurant, Fox 23 reports.
Boling’s attorney said this lawsuit is about more than just singling out the business.
Attorney Mark Edwards told Fox 23 that the issue really lies with the state’s employment laws.
“The laws in Oklahoma do not really protect employees very much,” Edwards said.
The ‘At-Will Statute’ allows employers to fire workers for little to no reason.
Edwards claims that if Tasha Boling didn’t fear losing her job, she would have left sooner and could have received the help she needed.