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Murphy had served as the safety director of the Monfort beef p lant in Grand Island. After two workers were killed there in 1991, Monfort
fired him. Murphy claimed that he had battled the company for years over safety issues and that Monfort had unfairly made him the
scapegoat for its own illegal behavior. The company later paid him an undisclosed sum of money to settle a civil lawsuit over wrongful
Murphy told Congress that during his tenure at the Grand Island plant, Monfort maintained two sets of injury logs, routinely lied to OSHA,
and shredded documents requested by OSHA. He wanted Congress to know that the safety lapses at the plant were not accidental. They
stemmed directly from Monfort’s corporate philosophy, which Murphy described in these terms: “The first commandment is that only
production counts… The employee’s duty is to follow orders. Period. As I was repeatedly told, ‘Do what I tell you, even if it is illegal… Don’t
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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.
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