Tyson Foods Suspends Employees after Lawsuit Alleges Managers Bet on Workers Getting COVID-19

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  • Tyson Foods on Thursday announced that it suspended employees without pay in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges that managers at an Iowa pork plant took bets on how many workers would catch COVID-19
  • The son of a worker at a Tyson facility in Waterloo, Iowa, who died of COVID-19 in April, filed a lawsuit that claims plant managers misled workers about COVID-19 and allowed sick employees to continue working
  • According to the suit, the worker, Isidro Fernandez, got sick because of his job
  • Tyson said it suspended the workers involved in the accusations and hired the law firm Covington & Burling to conduct an independent investigation
  • The Waterloo plant is Tyson's largest US pork plant, processing more than 19,500 hogs a day or about 5% of US pork production