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Lawsuit: Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

Lawsuit: Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19 | 18 Nov 2020 | A wrongful death lawsuit tied to COVID-19 infections in a Waterloo pork processing plant alleges that during the initial stages the pandemic, Tyson Foods ordered employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly virus. Earlier this year, the family of the late Isidro Fernandez sued the meatpacking company, alleging Fernandez was exposed to the coronavirus at the Waterloo plant where he worked. The lawsuit alleges Tyson Foods is guilty of a "willful and wanton disregard for workplace safety." Fernandez, who died on April 20, was one of at least five Waterloo plant employees who died of the virus. According to the Black Hawk County Health Department, more than 1,000 workers at the plant -- over a third of the facility's workforce -- contracted the virus.