The son of deceased Tyson Food employee Isidro Fernandez claims in a lawsuit that managers at the Waterloo, Iowa, plant had bet money on how many employees would test positive for COVID-19, reports WUSA (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
Fernandez died from COVID-19 on April 26.
KCCI described the lawsuit:
Court records show that Sheriff Thompson advised the company to shut down the Tyson plant in Waterloo, but they didn’t. Thompson said that the working conditions “shook him to the core” at the Waterloo facility, according to the documents.
“Around this time, defendant Tom Hart, the plant manager of the Waterloo facility, 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,” the lawsuit stated.
On April 12, officials said about two dozen employees were admitted into the local emergency room. That week they temporarily closed the facility.
Tyson officials released a statement in response:
We are extremely upset about the accusations involving some of the leadership at our Waterloo plant. Tyson Foods is a family company with 139,000 team members and these allegations do not represent who we are, or our Core Values and Team Behaviors.
We expect every team member at Tyson Foods to operate with the utmost integrity and care in everything we do. We have suspended, without pay, the individuals allegedly involved and have retained the law firm Covington & Burling LLP to conduct an independent investigation led by former Attorney General Eric Holder.
If these claims are confirmed, we’ll take all measures necessary to root out and remove this disturbing behavior from our company.