Bloomberg Law
Sept. 8, 2020, 5:20 PM

DOL Sued Over Unmet Request for Meatpacking Industry Virus Data

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

Public Citizen Inc. has sued the U.S. Department of Labor over a languishing Freedom of Information request related to the agency’s response to coronavirus infections at meat processing facilities.

The Washington-based public interest group contends that release of the records would allow the public to understand what steps the DOL has taken to protect meatpacking plant workers.

“As outbreaks in plants continue, the government needs to be held accountable,” Public Citizen lawyer Adam Pulver said in a statement announcing the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington on Tuesday. “For four months, though, ...