Six former managers at a Tyson Foods plant, who were fired for betting on how many plant employees would contract COVID, are suing Tyson for extra pay they claim they’re owed.
The six were fired, along with one other manager who is not a party to the lawsuit, in December 2020. While employed at the Tyson pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, the six started a pool to bet on how many employees there would catch COVID. According to an account in the Des Moines Register, one of the six says they started the betting pool as “a team-building exercise.”
The six are alleging in separate lawsuits that Tyson owes them some $300,000 in “incentive pay” for meeting production quotas during the pandemic.
An earlier lawsuit against Tyson, filed on behalf of an employee who died of COVID, charges that, in addition to the betting pool, the managers lied to workers about the danger of COVID – while avoiding the plant floor themselves, to the point of leaving operations in the hands of inexperienced employees.