Brazil court orders meatpacker JBS to re-hire indigenous workers

by Reuters
Wednesday, 3 June 2020 21:24 GMT

JBS SA's poultry factory employee is pictured after the company was hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Passo Fundo, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Diego Vara

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A Brazilian court rules the meatpacker's decision to fire 40 indigenous workers is discriminatory

SAO PAULO, June 3 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Wednesday granted an injunction ordering meatpacker JBS SA to re-hire indigenous workers fired from a slaughterhouse in the state of Santa Catarina last month, according to the ruling seen by Reuters.

In the decision, Labor Judge Adilton Detoni said "the dismissals were discriminatory." He ordered the re-hiring of the workers and the payments of salaries from the day they were laid off until they are reinstated.

JBS, which confirmed firing 40 indigenous workers from its plant in the town of Seara on May 6 after discontinuing a bus line, declined to comment.

(Reporting by Ana Mano Editing by Chris Reese)