A court in Brazil rules that JBS must pay damages over COVID-19 outbreak


The Cattle Site

02 June 2021


A court in Brazil ordered JBS SA, the world's largest meat processing company, to pay 1 million reais ($194,000) in damages over its failure to take measures to protect workers from a COVID-19 outbreak.


Reuters learned of the ruling from a statement from Brazilís labor prosecutors on 1 June. JBS declined to comment on the decision handed down by Judge Marcelo Silva Porto, saying it does not discuss ongoing lawsuits.


Porto's ruling also called for modifying work schedules to reduce the number of workers per shift at JBS' plant in the Ana Rech district of Caxias do Sul, where it processes poultry. Workers at that plant should also be provided with protective masks, individual lockers and should stay at least two meters apart, the ruling said, according to a statement from the labor prosecutors.


In the United States, the company has also faced claims that it failed to protect employees from the virus.


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