Teenage Farm Worker's Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Settled for $27K
April 13, 2011
In recent news that our Costa Mesa employment attorneys have following, a California farm company is reportedly paying $27,500 to settle a federal lawsuit after the company was accused of sexual harassment and retaliation by a teenage farm worker.
According to the lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after working as vegetable packer for Adam brothers Farming Inc. from 2004 to 2005, the teenager returned for work in 2006, and abruptly experienced sexual harassment by a male supervisor. The sexual harassment reportedly included lewd gestures made with his tongue, physical harassment that included brushing up against her and grabbing her private areas, and verbal harassment where the supervisor reportedly asked to perform oral sex on the victim.
The teen complained about the sexual harassment to a farm foreman and was immediately transferred, then disciplined, and reportedly fired only two weeks after the complaint, out of retaliation. The victim's harasser also reportedly threatened other workers by declaring that workers who were friends with the victim would pay for her complaint of the sexual harassment.
As our Carson, California attorneys have stated in a previous California employment lawyers blog, Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that includes unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature that explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, or unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance--creating a hostile, offensive, or intimidating employment environment.
Adam Brothers agreed to pay $20,000 in monetary relief to the teenage employee, as well as $7,500 to Proteus, Inc., a non-profit organization providing employment procurement assistance and job training to farm workers. Adam Brothers also agreed to revise the company's existing policies and complaint procedures to thoroughly address the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, discrimination and retaliation, and will also include staff training in English and Spanish, and establish a centralized process for tracking these kinds of complaints during the three-year decree.
Howard Law, PC represents victims of sexual harassment in cities throughout Orange County, California. Let our team of experienced labor & employment lawyers aggressively represent you and protect your rights. Contact us today.
Adam Brothers Farming Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Suit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, April 7, 2011
Farmworker sexual harassment suit settled for $27K, The Associated Press, April 7, 2011
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