Claim accuses Tyson, JBS of racial discrimination during COVID outbreaks
Several worker-advocacy groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that meat processing companies Tyson and JBS have engaged in racial discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic.
The groups allege the companies’ polices violate a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects individuals from racial discrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance.
Tyson has received more than $109 million from USDA programs this year and JBS more than $45 million, according to the complaint, filed Wednesday. As recipients of federal taxpayer dollars they are required to comply with federal laws.
“When they took that money, they knew at that point that they would be held accountable to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but they continued to violate that act,” said Joe Henry, director …continued .
[Source: CBS News]