US - The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) over alleged unsafe practices at an Alabama poultry processing plant.
The SPLC claims that workers at the Enterprise, Alabama, plant have been forced to either endure unsafe and abusive conditions or lose their jobs.
The complaint, filed on behalf of nine current or former employees, describes how workers are subjected to dangerously fast work speeds that cause disabling injuries, prevented from getting medical treatment and even fired for reporting injuries or taking time off to see a doctor.
It also outlines how workers are required to pay the company for some of their protective equipment. They are even denied reasonable access to the bathroom, according to the complaint.
“When workers get hurt in poultry plants, many employers try to just throw them away,” said Tom Fritzsche, SPLC staff attorney.
“Companies assume workers won’t stand up for themselves. We are proud to represent a group of brave workers who want to keep these dangerous conditions from harming even more people.”
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