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· Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim
· Tyson Foods suspends employees after lawsuit alleges managers bet on workers catching COVID-19
Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim
via KTIC (NE) - November 19, 2020
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods has suspended top officials at its largest pork plant and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.
Tyson Foods President and CEO Dean Banks said Thursday that he was “extremely upset” about the allegations against managers at its plant in Waterloo, Iowa, saying they do not represent the company’s values.
He says the Arkansas-based company has retained the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP to conduct an investigation, which will be led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder...
Tyson Foods suspends employees after lawsuit alleges managers bet on workers catching COVID-19
By Tom Polansek, Reuters
November 19, 2020
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Thursday it suspended employees without pay and hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an investigation in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges managers at an Iowa pork plant took bets on how many employees would catch COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the meatpacking industry, infecting thousands of workers since the spring and forcing companies like Tyson, Smithfield Foods and JBS to shut slaughterhouses hit by outbreaks.
The son of a worker at a Tyson facility in Waterloo, Iowa, who died in April of complications from the virus, filed a lawsuit that claims plant managers misled workers about COVID-19 and allowed sick employees to continue working.
The worker, Isidro Fernandez, got sick because of his job, according to the lawsuit that was amended on Nov. 11.
The Waterloo facility is Tyson’s largest U.S. pork plant, processing 19,500 hogs a day, or about 5% of total U.S. pork production.
COVID-19 infected more than 1,000 employees out of about 2,800 at the plant, and five died, the lawsuit says. Tyson idled the plant in late April because of an outbreak.
Earlier that month, manager Tom Hart “organized a cash buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many employees would test positive for COVID-19,” according to the lawsuit.
Hart could not immediately be reached for comment.
Tyson said it suspended employees involved in the accusations…