Thirty-four Tyson Foods employees, former employees and family members have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company’s negligence in protecting workers from the COVID-19 pandemic led to emotional distress, injury and death.

The plaintiffs, who include family members of Tyson workers who died from the coronavirus, filed their suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court.


Tyson was slow to provide masks or adjust workflow processes for social distancing and failed to perform contact tracing or require infected workers to quarantine, the lawsuit contends.

The Arkansas Nonprofit News Network documented many of these practices in May 2020.


The suit has been assigned to Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce.

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