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Tyson terminates plant managers following investigation

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to partner with company as it seeks workplace enhancements.

An independent investigation into wagering allegations at Tyson Foods’ pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, has led to the termination of seven plant management employees, the company announced this week. The allegations surfaced in a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by the estate of an employee who died from COVID-19.

According to the lawsuit, managers bet on how many employees would contract COVID-19 when the pandemic emerged earlier this year.

“We value our people and expect everyone on the team, especially our leaders, to operate with integrity and care in everything we do,” said Dean Banks, Tyson Foods president and chief executive officer. “The behaviors exhibited by these individuals do not represent the Tyson core values, which is why we took immediate and appropriate action to get to the truth. Now that the investigation has concluded, we are taking action based on the findings.”

Upon learning of the allegations, Banks and others immediately traveled to Waterloo last month and again this week to meet with Waterloo plant team members and community leaders to reinforce Tyson’s commitment to them and the community, including through:

  • Opening more communication channels to hear team member voices
  • Creating a working group of local community leaders to strengthen collaboration
  • Reinforcing the importance of Tyson Foods’ Core Values and Team Behaviors principles

“The commitment and passion that our team members exhibit every day is core to who we are at Tyson. We were very upset to learn of the behaviors found in the allegations, as we expect our leaders to treat all team members with the highest levels of respect and integrity,” said Banks. “That’s why we have asked former Attorney General Eric Holder and his team to partner with Tyson to help us as we continue to look for ways to enhance a trusting and respectful workplace.”

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