Des Moines’ CBS News affiliate reports:
A lawsuit filed this week by a deceased Tyson employee’s son, claims managers at the business had bet money on how many employees would test positive for COVID-19. Isidro Fernandez was an employee at Tyson Foods’ Waterloo facility. He died from COVID-19 complications on April 26.
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.
Dozens of plant employees were reportedly hospitalized before the plant finally closed. Tyson has declined to comment on the suit. Read the full article.