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

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9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:41:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2020/11/18/lawsuit-tyson-managers-bet-money-on-how-many-workers-would-contract-covid-19/


"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"




9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:41:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
"John Casey, an upper-level manager at the plant, is alleged to have explicitly directed supervisors to ignore symptoms of COVID-19, telling them to show up to work even if they were exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Casey reportedly referred to COVID-19 as the “glorified flu” and told workers not to worry about it because “it’s not a big deal” and “everyone is going to get it.” 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."
9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:42:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
"In late March or early April, as the pandemic spread across Iowa, managers at the Waterloo plant reportedly began avoiding the plant floor for fear of contracting the virus. As a result, they increasingly delegated managerial authority and responsibilities to low-level supervisors who had no management training or experience. The supervisors did not require truck drivers and subcontractors to have their temperatures checked before entering the plant.
In March and April, plant supervisors falsely denied the existence of any confirmed cases or positive tests for COVID-19 within the plant, and allegedly told workers they had a responsibility to keep working to ensure Americans didn’t go hungry as the result of a shutdown."
9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:42:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Tyson executives allegedly lobbied Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds for COVID-19 liability protections that would shield the company from lawsuits, and successfully lobbied the governor to declare that only the state government, not local governments, had the authority to close businesses in response to the pandemic."
9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:43:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
"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."
9 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:46:37 AM EST (GMT-5)

8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:42:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Even for a regular flu, I think it’s illegal to not allow your employee to go home or take the day off. Not only that, it’s stupid because the virus will surely spread to the other workers and especially stupid if you’re dealing with food items.
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:57:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's raw chicken- - if people get sick after eating it, they apparently didn't cook it well enough to kill off the salmonella much less flu virus.
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 12:00:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:42:42 AM Noldor wrote:
Even for a regular flu, I think it’s illegal to not allow your employee to go home or take the day off. Not only that, it’s stupid because the virus will surely spread to the other workers and especially stupid if you’re dealing with food items.


Flu and other short term illnesses aren’t covered under FMLA. The First Coronavirus Response Act expanded protections based on employer size and employment duration, but it only applies to Covid-related absences.

Unless you’re in a state offers greater employer protections, your employer can fire you for calling out sick with the flu.
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 3:12:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
In most states your employer can fire you for no reason at all
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 3:12:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
like everywhere except Wyoming or something
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:00:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Join your local union.
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:03:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Back on topic, it's ghoulish as hell if it's true. Could it result in criminal charges or just civil cases?
8 days ago - Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:38:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:03:17 PM postallbear wrote:
Back on topic, it's ghoulish as hell if it's true. Could it result in criminal charges or just civil cases?


Might not even end in civil cases if Mitch and the Republicans in the senate get their way. They are trying to make it so you cannot sue your employer for covid but this is beyond the pale.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 12:11:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:03:17 PM postallbear wrote:
Back on topic, it's ghoulish as hell if it's true. Could it result in criminal charges or just civil cases?
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:38:51 PM jealousblues wrote:
Might not even end in civil cases if Mitch and the Republicans in the senate get their way. They are trying to make it so you cannot sue your employer for covid but this is beyond the pale.


It's not like the employer is giving their employees covid or anything...

This kinda reminds me of that thing some used to do here on YT where people would list their guesses for the celebs that would die in the coming year...
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 12:27:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nothing will come of this. The business system is entirely green and no reason to change anything.

If only there were some overarching organisation that can rule on how businesses can operate so that sociopathic actions are minimised. But where to find such a fictitious organisation and how can it possibly hold any power over businesses?!?!?
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 12:32:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
If only we had God for governor.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 12:33:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
No one listens but Woody Guthrie wrote a song called Christ for President.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:01:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
If Christ ran for president the Republicans would threaten a civil war. Well..... more adamantly then they did this time around.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:07:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 11/20/20 - 1:01:26 AM ClarencY wrote:
If Christ ran for president the Republicans would threaten a civil war. Well..... more adamantly then they did this time around.


I think most theories have an antichrist rising in political prominence.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:14:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:03:17 PM postallbear wrote:
Back on topic, it's ghoulish as hell if it's true. Could it result in criminal charges or just civil cases?
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:38:51 PM jealousblues wrote:
Might not even end in civil cases if Mitch and the Republicans in the senate get their way. They are trying to make it so you cannot sue your employer for covid but this is beyond the pale.
On Friday 11/20/20 - 12:11:07 AM CowDung wrote:
It's not like the employer is giving their employees covid or anything... This kinda reminds me of that thing some used to do here on YT where people would list their guesses for the celebs that would die in the coming year...

Did you read the article?
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:26:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 6:03:17 PM postallbear wrote:
Back on topic, it's ghoulish as hell if it's true. Could it result in criminal charges or just civil cases?
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:38:51 PM jealousblues wrote:
Might not even end in civil cases if Mitch and the Republicans in the senate get their way. They are trying to make it so you cannot sue your employer for covid but this is beyond the pale.
On Friday 11/20/20 - 12:11:07 AM CowDung wrote:
It's not like the employer is giving their employees covid or anything... This kinda reminds me of that thing some used to do here on YT where people would list their guesses for the celebs that would die in the coming year...



hey man its not like the employer is starting the fires they just locked the exits...
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:49:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
This could just be slander though.
8 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 1:51:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Going to work when you have the flu can lead to death. I would quit if they didn’t let me take a sick day or unpaid time off.
7 days ago - Friday 11/20/20 - 9:47:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/19/20 - 11:57:32 AM CowDung wrote:
It's raw chicken- - if people get sick after eating it, they apparently didn't cook it well enough to kill off the salmonella much less flu virus.

It was a hog processing plant.

Guess that kind of answers Spooners question too.

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