The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has filed a federal safety complaint against Wayne Farms on behalf of a former worker that claimed she has suffered adverse health effects because of exposure to chemicals at a Wayne Farms poultry plant. The complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

According to a press release from the SPLC, the former worker alleged that the chemicals to which she was exposed continued to be harmful to her health, even after she quit the job. She further claimed that she believes her former co-workers are still being exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals being used in poultry slaughtering and processing.


SPLC was vague in describing further details of the alleged incidents, including the exact location of the plant. It only stated that the plant from where the allegations stem was in Alabama. SPLC also did not reveal the identity of the former worker, claiming that it did so to prevent the company from retaliating against her or any of her former colleagues.

This is not the first time that SPLC has filed a complaint against Wayne Farms. SPLC filed a complaint with OSHA on behalf of workers at a poultry plant in Jack, Alabama, alleging workers there were subjected to dangerous machinery, fall, and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. That complaint in 2014 resulted in the company being issued 11 citations and fined $102,600.