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Tyson Foods Inc. has terminated the employment of seven plant managers after an investigation into allegations that the managers were betting on how many workers at the company’s Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant would acquire COVID-19, Tyson announced Wednesday.
In early November, a group of workers from the plant filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, alleging in court documents that the plant manager organized “a cash buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many employees would test positive for COVID-19.”
Upon learning of the allegations, Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the claims.
Tyson said along with the terminations, the company has created new communication channels for workers to voice concerns and formed a working group of community leaders to strengthen collaboration between the corporation and the plant community.
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