Saturday, October 15, 2005

That's when you know, you doin' the funky chicken

Let's recap the Tyson racial discrimination lawsuit:
9.15.04: Tyson signs an aggreement with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) called "National Universal Agreement to Mediate (NUAM)" to informally mediate worker complaints, hopefully before actual complaints or litigation.

How's that working out so far?
8.11.05: EEOC responds to complaints by 2 Tyson Foods employees that they were subjected to "adverse employment actions, including suspensions and disciplinary write-ups" after complaining about a "Whites Only" restroom and lo9cked break room. EEOC v. Tyson Foods, Inc., CV-05-BE-1704-E (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama), alleges that Tyson's violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

8.12.05: Lawyer's Committee on Civil Rights helps 13 employees of Tyson Foods file discrimination lawsuit, alledging Tyson managers maintained "Whites Only" restroom and locked break room, and that complaints about this resulted in retaliation.
10.06.05The National Action Network, the New York-based organization run by activist and former presidential candidate Al Sharpton, has withdrawn two Dream Keepers awards originally earmarked for Tyson Foods and Wal-Mart, after learning of race discrimination charges against Tyson.
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Sharpton has said he was not aware of the federal lawsuit filed Aug. 12 against Tyson by 12 Black employees until an interview with the NNPA. At the time, he said he would have his nominating committee review the award decision and would have it overturned if necessary. The employees allege segregated bathrooms with a "Whites Only" sign, the pervasive use of the n-word, "monkey," "boy" and "watermelon" insults and a threat with a noose.

Is this the first time Tyson found its collective wing in the wringer? I don't think so.
In July 1999, the EEOC settled a class action suit against Tyson Foods, Inc., for $3.2 million, the largest settlement ever by the agency's Birmingham office involving racial and sexual harassment.

In April 2002, a group of workers filed a civil suit against Tyson Foods, charging the food processor with violating federal racketeering and immigration law by allegedly conspiring to keep workers' wagers low by hiring illegal immigrants at 15 of its food processing facilities. The civil suit, and a federal criminal suit, allege that Tyson violated the federal Immigration and Nationality Act by knowingly hiring a large number of illegal immigrants. (Trollinger v. Tyson Foods)

Tyson Foods, Inc. will pay $230,000 to female and minority job applicants who were allegedly not hired to work at a Forest, Mississippi poultry plant for discriminatory reasons in 1996 and 1997

Muslim employees at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Norfolk have agreed not to strike pending negotiations of alleged religious discrimination by management.

The meeting between both sides on Friday was productive, said Fardusa Council, a negotiator for the Muslim employees. All Muslim employees had planed to strike if a resolution was not reached, but that is being put on hold as the two sides work together, she said.

Is Tyson the only corporation guilty of nasty business practices? Hardly. But these type of allegations and offences, once investigated and proven, need to be exposed as the shicken sh*t they are.