A jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit in which the government alleges a Texas company exploited mentally disabled contract workers at an Iowa turkey processing plant.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking damages for 32 ex-workers of Henry's Turkey Service that it contends were verbally and physically abused between 2007 and 2009.
Henry's supplied the workers under contract to West Liberty Foods in West Liberty.
U.S. District Judge Charles Wolle told potential jurors the EEOC will allege the men received derogatory names and comments and physical abuse that included hitting and kicking. He says the EEOC will allege they were given harsh discipline and inadequate medical care.
The eight-member jury was chosen Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Davenport. Trial is expected to last two weeks.