Excerpt from: Bloomberg Business (click for full article)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said an Iowa jury awarded $240 million in damages, a record for the agency, in a trial accusing a Texas-based turkey processing company of severe abuse and discrimination against workers with intellectual disabilities.
The jury in federal court in Davenport, Iowa, found that Hill Country Farms Inc., doing business as Henry’s Turkey Service, subjected 32 men to verbal and physical harassment, harsh living conditions and other abuses from 2007 to 2009, after 20 years of similar mistreatment, the EEOC said today in a statement.
The Goldthwaite, Texas-based company employed the men in Iowa, where they worked eviscerating turkeys. The EEOC presented evidence that the company exploited the workers because their intellectual disabilities made them vulnerable and unaware of their rights, the agency said.