Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Tyson Foods
Current Parent Company: 
Tyson Foods
Penalty: 
$915,765
Year: 
2015
Date: 
December 17, 2015
Offense Group: 
employment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
employment discrimination
Secondary Offense: 
racial discrimination
Violation Description: 

This case, which began as a lawsuit over the failure to promote any of a group of African-American supervisors when filling an opening for plant manager, ended up as a controversy over the use of ther term "boy" when referring to one of the supervisors. After numerous proceedings at the appellate level, that supervisor was allowed to keep a $364,049 verdict and his lawyers ultimately were awarded $551,716 in fees and costs.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
private litigation
Court: 
Northern District of Alabama
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Case ID: 
4:96-cv-3257
Case Name: 
Ash, et al v. Tyson Foods, Inc, et al
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
verdict
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Arkansas
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
food products
Specific Industry of Parent: 
poultry processing and meatpacking
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Parent company note: 
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