JBS is at risk of losing all its contracts with government agencies at its plant in Hyrum, Utah. A 2011 review of JBS presented the numerous violations. A lawsuit was filed in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Violations started as early as 2005. JBS did not buy the beef plant until 2007 from Swift and Co. However, the Department of Labor says the JBS is still responsible for those violations.
A four-to-five week trial is set to begin on Monday in Salt Lake City. The trial will take place over several months.
If the Department of Labor wins its case against JBS, the company’s federal contracts will be voided. The case would also prevent JBS from entering into new contracts, and make them ineligible for contract extensions.
U.S. Dept. of Labor seeks to strip JBS-Swift of federal contracts
JBS-Swift in Hyrum stands to lose its government contracts with the Department of Defense and the Department of Agriculture based upon allegations that the company has discriminated against women, Caucasians and other groups when hiring for entry-level labor positions over the last decade.