A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Tyson Foods Inc., alleging that he was repeatedly assaulted by a supervisor and then wrongfully terminated. The complaint was filed on March 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
According to court documents, the plaintiff claims that his immediate supervisor verbally abused and struck him on multiple occasions between July 10, 2006, and April 30, 2015. He also alleges that the assaults were witnessed by other Tyson workers. He further states that Tyson management blamed him for the abuse and wrongfully terminated his employment on May 8, 2015.
The plaintiff, a resident of Grayson County, accuses Tyson of allowing the supervisor's abusive behavior to continue even after multiple complaints were filed with management. He accuses the company of failing to discipline the supervisor and tolerating an abusive environment. He is seeking a trial by jury, back and front pay plus interest, pre- and post-judgment interest, all legal fees and any other compensation the court deems fit.
Employers are at risk for a lawsuit in cases where an employee alleges a hostile or abusive working environment. They may also face wrongful discharge litigation if an employee is terminated for reporting verbal abuse to management. Employers may find it prudent to seek the advice of an attorney if an employee has made such allegations. Legal counsel could carefully review the case and recommend the best way to address the issue. In some instances, an attorney may advise offering an out-of-court settlement to avoid a lengthy court battle.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Former Employee Accuses Tyson Foods of Unlawful Employment Practices," Wadi Reformado, March 31, 2016