The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially weighed in on the poultry processing industry injuries that have been the focus of independent journalistic investigations, as well as an inquiry by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Last year, independent journalism non-profit ProPublica launched an investigation into the practices of the Arkansas-based Tyson foods, pulling back the curtain on questionable business practices, including lobbying against a judge who had made a series of workers’ compensation decisions favoring workers injured at Tyson.
Subsequent investigation revealed some workers are forced to wear diapers and restrict their consumption of liquid because they fear losing their jobs for something as seemingly benign as taking a bathroom break. Because the facilities are under-staffed, there is no one to fill in for the workers if they leave the line. Workers also reported being extremely reticent to report their work injuries, fearing they will lose their jobs. Continue reading