More than 1,000 of an Iowa plant’s 2,800 workers contracted the virus. Six of them died.
“We all have symptoms—you have a job to do,” one manager told an employee, according to the lawsuit filed by the son of a worker who died.
It’s a sign of the times.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced this week that it was going to fine Tyson $263,498. That’s because Tyson was found to have violated regulations that left its employees in danger.
According to a new report from Oxfam America, workers are regularly forced to wear diapers on the line because they are not permitted to take regular bathroom breaks. Others just urinate or defecate while on the line.
Most poultry workers surveyed say that leaving the production line to use the restroom is a privilege, not a right.
The group Mercy For Animals used a hidden camera to record undercover footage at a Tyson Foods chicken slaughterhouse in Mississippi.
America's growing demand for cheap poultry is squeezing the industry, and the people who work long shifts at breakneck speed for low pay, often with little compensation for injuries incurred on the job, are bearing the brunt of it.