Former Kinston Butterball Employee Suing For Discrimination

A federal anti-discrimination lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based Butterball of firing an HIV-positive employee after she repeatedly reported co-workers for harassing her.

Tracy Montgomery processed turkey parts at Butterball's Kinston plant for about five weeks in 2009.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleges that Tracy Montgomery complained frequently to her supervisors that her colleagues mocked and humiliated her during her employment.

The suit says a co-worker threatened to get a gun from her car and shoot Montgomery, who was fired when the company blamed her for causing disruption in the workplace.

Butterball officials declined to comment about the lawsuit. The company has its headquarters in Garner and produces more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year.


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  • by Closet no more. on Jan 12, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    Petey Pirate is just mad because he's in the closet and to introdicnated to come out for fear of what his friends will say. It's okay dude, you can be gay and proud, society is moving away from openy bigotry and hopefully in the next decade or so it'll be perfectly acceptable within social normality to be gay, straight, bi, trans-sexual or whatever. Go ahead and start your life now. I'll give you the number to some really good councling services if you need them.
  • by Get'em on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
    You go girl!! I am glad you are standing up for yourself. I hope you file a complaint against Butterball for, "Creating a Hostile Work Environment, Differential Terms and Condition of Employment." I also hope you get a charge for gender discrimination as well. I hope you kick them where it hurts, Shante!! Good luck!
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      by Bev. Perdue on Dec 19, 2011 at 03:08 AM in reply to Get'em
      Right to Work State sweetcheeks. They dont need a reason to fire her.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Bev. Perdue
        Yeah they do, and discrimination is still illegal. Just because you in a state which still openly advocates bigoted beliefs doesn't mean federal law doesn't apply.
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    May the one who came in at the tail end of this conversation get what's coming to him. If you can be so ignorant, you deserve what you get.
  • by Lucy Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    someone who tests positive for HIV does not create a danger by handling food stuffs. Ever had a blood transfusion, had surgery?. Next time this could be you. BTW get tested. and BTW use condoms EVERYTIME
  • by shontella moore Location: fayetteville on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Yes we are sick too, it's called sick of stupid, ignorant, uneducated,people that dont know the moral of this situation. Get a life are better yet get your status checked the talk to us. Next .................
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to shontella moore
      I'm glad she was fired too. Good post.
  • by shontella moore aka Faye Location: fayetteville nc on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Yes I originally post as faye meaning from Fayetteville nc, but im a native from kinston. All I have to say is Shante you don't have to explain nothing to these clueless people, that's saying stupid stuff up here it don't matter were Tracey got the virus all that matter is she was treated unfair and unjust no matter what. So let the ignorant continue to be ignorant. It sad that people always feel as if somebody is trying to get over, what ever happen to peoples rights. Rights to work with out harrasment of any kind, right to make a living for your family no matter what condition you are in. I feel as if Tracy is a strong women because she didn't give up and just turn the other cheek she is fighting back the legal way for her rights as an individual regardless of her diagnosis. So to all those who ain't for her keep adding on to her hater list cause just like the rest you will be just another stone in the pile she already have building her a mountain to stay on top of you all. So yes her name is Tracey she has the virus, but most of all she has Rights Too! And with that being said if you ain't got anything positive to post don't even waste your time up here, this ain't your business. Use your time wisely and google up some information so you can stop being ignorant.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:16 AM in reply to shontella moore aka Faye
      She was treated correctly. She wants to ho around and got what she deserved. dont go spreading it to others at some food plant. Nasty self.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
        Just because you get a STD doesn't mean you're anything more than an upstanding citizen. It's a lot of times accidental, and in this case, the way she contracted the disease isn't mentioned. And I hardly think anybody deserves AIDS for simply having multiple partneres in the first place. And it cannot be spread to the food unless she's the most carless individual in the entire industry. She'd have to bleed all over a turkey/chicken and a person whould have to eat it raw within hours to catch the virus. I'd say you have more things to worry about than AIDS if you're eating raw poultry.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 02:27 PM
    WELL GREG DO U THINK YOU ARE HURTING A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY BUY NOT BUYING ONE? IT'S GOOD THAT YOU GUYS ARE SUPPORTING MY SISTER. YOUR IGNORANT ACTIONS ARE HURTING BUTTERBALL THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE. SO ADVISE ALL YOUR FRIENDS NOT TO BUY AS WELL. I AM PRETTY SURE WITH THE PRESS THEY ARE GETTING IT'S ALREADY STARTED SO KUDOS!!! I AM GLAD THAT'S NOT NEARLY AS MUCH PAIN IT HAS CAUSED MY SISTER.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:18 AM in reply to
      Its helping their business you fool. I wouldnt buy a turkey from there knowing some nasty disease spreading mongrel was handling the food. I will buy one from there now. Good job Butterball in protecting your company.
  • by MARKESE on Dec 13, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    WHAT I CANT UNDERSTAND IS WHY ARE YALL SO BOUT IT BUT NOT PUTTING WHOS WRITING THIS MESS# YOU KNW BETTER DNT YOU
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:20 AM in reply to MARKESE
      Look whos talking, you used some made up, rediculous, cartoon name like MARKESE as your posting name.
  • by It's a Shame Location: NC on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    The ignorant, judgemental and cruel comments from some of people in here are astounding. Our region of NC has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the country and yet so many of you are clueless to FACTS about it and choose to live your lives in fear. Its VERY likely that a number of the posters on this article are infected themselves if they haven't had enough sense and self-respect to be tested. The ignorant and negative comments don't negate the fact that she was indeed discriminated against and harrassed after being upstanding and bold enough to not be secretive about her illness and was still punished. Just know this, there is only ONE Righteous Judge and His name is Jesus Christ. Be very careful what you say about people, because you can be judged in the same way.
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      by SHANTE MONTGOMERY on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM in reply to It's a Shame
      Thanks It's a shame.....some people are so ignorant to the disease that it's pothetic. When it's time for them to be judged then they will regret the thing they say. You see most of them hide behind the anonymous names or the made up ones...my sister never hid behind hers. Tells you about their character and they their opnions really don't matter. They want to voice an opinion but scared to post who they are. I wish my little sister will stop going back and forth with them b/c it's pointless, my sister got a lot of support and the ones who are talking negative about her are supporting her whether they know it or not. Any and every opinion is helping her case so like I stated before please continue to do so you are only helping her pain and sufferring so THANKS:)
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        by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to SHANTE MONTGOMERY
        Whos the ignorant one? The one who supposedly doesnt know the facts of HIV, or the one who doesnt know how to keep from getting it? Quite casting stones & put the blame where it belongs & that is on your sister for acting irresponsibly.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
          That would be you, since you have not the slightest clue about how AIDS is transmitted.
  • by SHANTE MONTGOMERY Location: KINSTON on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    It just really amazes me to see how dumb some people are. That is my sister, not trying to hide it got my first and last name up there. Do you really think she cares about the negative things people have to say about her? If you knew her you would no that she doesn't. She has been dealing w/this for over a decade and she is used to the comments. A lot of you need to check your own status as well as your partner's. She has always been open about her situation and I give her a round of applause for that. People are so cruel in this world. I am glad she finally said enough is enough. Do you guys take the time to try and get the people tested that prepare your food in the restaurants? Or what about the butcher that cuts your meat at the supermarket? How do you really know that they arent infected? Hmmm please tell me if you know if your doctor, dentist, child's teacher, pastor, beautician or even your best friend is free and clear. Maybe it's because she broadcasted her illness and others kept it a secret. People are so quick to judge someone not knowing the situation. But guess what....WHO CARES!!!! People like that always makes my sister shine like the star she is. I am so glad these people are supporting her cause. Whether you know it or not your comments are helping so thanks!!!
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      by Baby Sis on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to SHANTE MONTGOMERY
      Same thing I said sis. They quick to judge Tracy but they go out to eat and dont know what the cooks have but quick to say Tracy dont need to work with food. Some people are just too ignorant for me.
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        by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to Baby Sis
        You people are just nasty!
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to SHANTE MONTGOMERY
      Shante Montgomery, I have but one thing to say to you. You sir are an idiot! No wait, 2 things...Have a nice day.
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