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Tyson Foods has fired seven plant managers following an independent investigation into Covid-19 wagering allegations at its facility in Waterloo, Iowa.
Last month, the company announced that it had suspended employees at its largest pork plant, after a lawsuit raised allegations that supervisors and managers had been betting on how many workers would contract the virus.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the son of a plant employee who died with Covid-19, claiming that the managers misled workers and allowed sick employees to continue working. More than 1,000 workers were infected amid the Waterloo facility outbreak, which killed at least six.
Tyson Foods launched an investigation, led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder, into the virus betting claims last month.
Commenting on the conclusion of the investigation, Tyson Foods president and CEO Dean Banks said: “We value our people and expect everyone on the team, especially our leaders, to operate with integrity and care in everything we do.
“The behaviours 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.”
Banks travelled to the Waterloo plant yesterday to meet with employees.
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