Tyson Suspends Managers Accused In COVID-19 Betting Scandal

Several managers at Tyson Foods have been suspended after allegedly betting on how many workers would get infected with COVID-19 during an outbreak at its plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

Reportedly, one manager organized a "cash buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on how many employees would test positive for COVID-19." Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks said he's "extremely upset" about the allegations, and claimed that a full investigation is now underway...

“If these claims are confirmed, we’ll take all measures necessary to root out and remove this disturbing behavior from our company,” Banks said in a statement.
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Ultimately, the outbreak infected more than 1,000 of its 2,800 workers there... And 6 people have died.

“This shocking report of supervisors allegedly taking bets on how many workers would get infected, pressuring sick workers to stay on the job, and failing to enforce basic safety standards, should outrage every American,” United Food and Commercial Workers International Union president Marc Perrone said.

According to The Associated Press, Tyson Foods has already asked a federal judged to dismiss the lawsuits.

Read the full story on The Hill.

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