A federal wrongful death lawsuit alleges that a manager at the Tyson Foods plant in Iowa placed a group bet on how many meatpacking workers would contract Kovid-19, such as the coronovirus plant in late March and early April. Wide spread among the workers.
Deceased Tyson Foods, Inc. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of employee Isidro Fernandez’s estate, alleges that Kovid-was spreading widely at the Waterloo, Iowa pork processing plant in early April 19, when Black Haverfield Sheriff Tony Thompson visited with County Health Tha officers were involved.
The working conditions at the plant were so bad that they “shook” Thompson “according to the suit,” stating that, at that time, workers at the Waterloo plant were crowded together and some covered their faces. .
The suit alleges that Thompson lobbied Tyson to close the plant and they did not.
The suit also alleges that after Waterloo employees fell ill, Tyson moved employees from another closed facility to Waterloo and did not properly test those employees before doing so.
“Around this time, Defender Tom Hart, plant manager at Waterloo Facility, organized a cash buy-in, winner-take-betting pool for supervisors and managers, stating how many employees would test positive for COVID-19 , ”The suit alleges.
Hart did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.
On April 22, due to the widespread proliferation of coronoviruses among its employees, Tyson closed its Waterloo, Iowa pork processing plant which is at the center of the lawsuit.
In advertisements for major newspapers on 26 April, Tyson officials warned that the food supply was “breaking down.”
On April 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order ordering meat plants to remain open.
According to a press release, Tyson reopened its Waterloo, Iowa facility on May 5.
The suit alleges that in total, 1,000 employees of 2,800 Waterloo plants were infected with coronaviruses.
NBC reported that several dozens of Tyson employees at several plants in states such as Indiana and Iowa also contracted coronovirus in the spring of this year.
Tyson Foods declined to comment on the allegations in the amended lawsuit, which was filed on 11 November.
“We are saddened by the loss of any Tyson team member and sympathetic to their families,” Tyson said in a statement.