Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

The lawsuit alleges Tyson Foods is guilty of a "willful and wanton disregard for workplace safety."

In mid-April, around the time Black Hawk County Sherriff Tony Thompson visited the plant and reported the working conditions there "shook [him] to the core," plant manager Tom Hart organized a cash-buy-in, winner-take-all, betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many plant employees would test positive for COVID-19. [...]

On one occasion, Casey intercepted a sick supervisor who was on his way to be tested and ordered him to get back to work, saying, "We all have symptoms -- you have a job to do." After one employee vomited on the production line, managers reportedly allowed the man to continue working and then return to work the next day. [...]

The lawsuit claims that while Tyson has repeatedly claimed that its operations needed to remain open to feed America, the company increased its exports to China by 600% during the first quarter of 2020.

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5 Responses:

  1. Jeff Bell says:

    For once the "grim meathook future" tag is pulling its weight.

  2. Elusis says:

    If that doesn't call for a good guillotining, I don't know what does.

  3. E M says:

    "Willful and wanton disregard for workplace safety"? How about "willful and wanton disregard for human life". It's Tyson - I guess it shouldn't come as any surprise.

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