The South rises again: Tyson Foods sued for discrimination
Chris Kromm at Facing South was on this story Wednesday, and it’s a doozy — and a reminder that the “New South” label is barely papering over the Old South in parts of the region.
Consider this August dispatch:
A lawsuit filed today alleges that Tyson Foods, Inc. is responsible for maintaining a segregated bathroom and break room, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, in its Ashland, Alabama chicken processing plant.
Twelve African-American employees filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, alleging that a â€œWhites Onlyâ€? sign and a padlock denied them access to a bathroom in the Ashland plant. The complaint states that numerous white employees had keys to the bathroom that were not provided to African-American workers.
You may recall that Tyson had a buddy-buddy relationship with the Clintons during his administration, but Chris notes that the company is in bed with the Bush crime team, donating $100,000 towards Bush’s 2005 inauguration. That buys access.