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New Lawsuit Against Tyson Alleges Officials Lied About COVID-19 Dangers

Senior managers at Tyson Foods’ Waterloo pork processing plant lied to interpreters about the scope of coronavirus dangers at the facility, the latest complaint in a federal lawsuit alleges.

Tyson Senior Director of Media Relations Gary Mickelson declined to comment on the new allegation and other claims in the amended lawsuit. He pointed out that the company took steps this spring to try to slow the spread of the virus at the 2,800-employee plant. It employs significant numbers of immigrant workers. 

The amended suit, filed on behalf of the families of three Tyson workers who died from COVID-19, says plant manager Tom Hart and human resources director James Hook told interpreters during an April meeting that the building had “no confirmed cases” and that Black Hawk County Health Department employees had “cleared” the plant for operation.

Read the source article at The Des Moines Register

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