Poultry Plant Bathroom Breaks and Working Conditions – Class Action Investigation
C&T is investigating a potential class action against the four largest poultry companies in the United States – Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms – relating to reports that these companies routinely deny their employees access to bathroom facilities.
A recent Oxfam report indicated that poultry workers at Tyson, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms say they are denied breaks to use restroom facilities. The Oxfam report suggests that supervisors at these companies’ plants mock workers’ needs and ignore their requests, and threaten punishment or firing. Workers are often forced to wait an hour or more to use restroom facilities, then race to accomplish the task within a certain timeframe (e.g., ten minutes) or risk discipline. Other workers reportedly urinate and defecate while standing on the line, wear diapers to work, restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees, and endure pain and discomfort while on the job. These practices are inhumane to workers, with measures such as restricting fluids and enduring pain and discomfort posing serious health risks, and also threaten workplace safety and sanitation.
Denial of regular access to the bathroom is a violation of United States workplace safety laws and other workplace laws, and may also violate US anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and civil rights laws outlawing gender and sex discrimination.
If you are an employee of Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, or Sanderson Farms, and have been subjected to any of the above experiences while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact the attorneys below using the link on this page.