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Unformatted text preview: Injured workers who proved uncooperative were assigned to
jobs “watching gauges in the rendering plant, where they were subjected to an atrocious smell while hog remains were boiled down into
fertilizers and blood was drained into tanks.” According to evidence introduced in court, Diane Arndt had a low opinion of the workers
whose injuries she was supposed to be treating. The IBP nurse called them “idiots” and “jerks,” telling doctors that “this guy’s a crybaby” and
“this guy’s full of shit.” She later admitted that Wilson’s back injury was legitimate. The Iowa Supreme Court concluded that the lies she told
in this medical case, as well as in others, had been partly motivated by IBP’s financial incentive program, which gave staff members bonuses
and prizes when the number of lost workdays was kept low. The program, in the court’s opinion, was “somewhat disingenuously called ‘the
safety award system.’”
IBP’s attitude toward worker safety was hardly uniq...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08