Tyson Farms sued for discrimination


Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press

via The Robesonian (NC), Jul 20, 2021


WINSTON-SALEM — A Black couple working at Tyson Farms plant in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit that says a supervisor frequently used racial slurs against them, showed disdain for their Muslim faith and that the company refused to address the issue despite multiple requests.


Michelle and Adrian Switzer filed the lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court in April. Tyson Farms, with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, and 123 plants nationwide, replied in an email that a response could be expected within five business days.


Herman L. Stephens, the attorney for the Switzers, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Tuesday. A working phone number for his clients couldn’t be found.


Michelle and Adrian Switzer began work at the Tyson Farms plant in Wilkes County in 2015, according to the lawsuit. The company maintained an atmosphere which created “a strong fear among employees regarding their job security and of revealing Tyson Farms employee matters to outsiders,” the lawsuit said.


The Switzers said their team leader, who is identified in the suit but not named as a defendant, used a racial slur on numerous occasions in front of Adrian Switzer to disparage Black people, according to the complaint.


The lawsuit added...