Meatpackers File Discrimination Suit
June 25, 2004
GREELEY, COLORADO--Six employees at the Swift & Co.'s meatpacking plant filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court, claiming the company discriminated against them by refusing to let them continue working light duty jobs after they had been injured on the job.
According to the Associated Press, the suit claimed that the plant's previous owners, Con Agra, accommodated the workers' disabilities, but that Swift changed the policy when it bought the plant last year. They accused Swift of changing light duty jobs to six-month assignments. Those who could not perform the regular duties within that time were placed on medical leave and then were terminated if they did not return to the job within 18 months.
Five of the workers are on involuntary, unpaid leave from Swift. The other was placed on unpaid leave in March 2003 but returned to her job three months later.
The workers who lost their jobs are seeking their old positions, along with back pay and benefits.
The AP said the company did not return phone calls Thursday.