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ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) -

A federal safety complaint is being filed against one of the largest poultry producing companies in the United States over claims that its plant employees are forced to work in dangerous conditions.

The complaint, filed against Wayne Farms, LLC. by the Montgomery-based civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center, says the company's employees are forced to work in unsafe and abusive conditions while under threat of losing their job.

Wayne Farms' has numerous plants across the Southeast including Alabama facilities in Albertville, Decatur, Dothan, Enterprise and Union Springs.

SPLC's complaint to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is on behalf of nine former or current workers at the company's Enterprise plant who say they're subjected to dangerously fast work speeds that cause disabling injuries. The plant employees more than 1,200 people, according to the complaint, many of whom are recruited from Puerto Rico.

The workers claim they're prevented from getting medical treatment and are even fired for reporting injuries or taking time off to see a doctor, according to SPLC officials.

According to the SPLC, in one case, a woman identified as Beatriz Navedo reported several injuries she suffered on the job. One injury included a heart attack she had while working on the deboning line, but she claims she was given an aspirin by the plant nurse and sent back to work.

The complaint alleges that even after Navedo's daughter left the plant before her shift was over to take her mother to the hospital, plant officials punished both by adding points to their employee files. A certain number of points would result in employment termination.

WSFA 12 News has reached out to officials with Wayne Farms, but has not yet received any official statement regarding the complaint.

ON THE WEB: SPLC's federal complaint

http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/osha_complaint_wayne_farms_enterprise_al.pdf

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