Lawsuit: Waterloo Tyson Plant Managers Wagered on Workers Getting COVID-19

WATERLOO, Iowa - A wrongful death lawsuit connected to the Waterloo Tyson Pork Processing Plant claims managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19.

A lawsuit from the family of a deceased plant worker Isidro Fernandez has been amended to include the accusations.

It claims the plant manager, Tom Hart, organized a betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on how many employees would test positive for COVID-19.

The suit also claims an upper-level manager, John Casey, explicitly directed supervisors to ignore COVID-19 symptoms, and referred to the virus as the "glorified flu"

The Waterloo Tyson plant was temporarily closed in April after two dozen workers were admitted to local emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms.

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