Tyson resolves discrimination lawsuit
Tyson Foods has reported it has reached a settlement
with a group of current and former workers over a discrimination lawsuit
involving the company's Alabama poultry plant.
The agreement resolves complaints filed in federal court in August 2005 by
the US Equal Employment
(EEOC) and 13 African American workers who alleged
there was race discrimination at the plant.
Their complaints included claims a maintenance shop restroom was locked and
accessible to only a few white workers in July and August of 2003 and that a
'whites only' sign was briefly posted on the restroom door. Tyson
officials contend they
did not authorise, condone or see the posting of such a sign and noted the
company does not tolerate discrimination in the workplace.
According to the settlement, Tyson denies violating any laws and has agreed
to take additional steps to ensure the prevention of discrimination, harassment
and retaliation in the Ashland plant.
Tyson will designate a corporate human resources executive to ensure all
Ashland Team Members are trained on Tyson's anti-discrimination policies and
procedures and to handle the company's response to any discrimination or
harassment complaints. In addition, this executive will hold Ashland workers and
managers responsible for complying with the company's anti-discrimination
policies and submit reports to the EEOC on the plant's progress.
As part of the settlement, Tyson will also pay $871,000 collectively to the
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