California Gourmet Foods Company to Pay $535K in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Settlement
June 3, 2011
According to a recent California sexual harassment lawsuit settlement that our Riverside employment attorneys have been following, Monterey Gourmet Foods, Inc. a maker of gourmet food items, has agreed to pay four Hispanic workers $535,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC), claims that one male and three female workers were sexually harassed by a male supervisor-- who starting in 2006 used sexual comments, unwanted sexual touching, and obscene pictures to harass the workers.
The workers told the management about the harassment, but the company reportedly overlooked the harassment and neglected to take effective measures to correct the work environment. Two years later, in 2008, only a few weeks after the EEOC filed discrimination charges, the workers were reportedly dismissed for their employment duties in retaliation.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is against the law, as well as retaliation for reporting harassment. Under the consent decree terms, Monterey Gourmet Foods will compensate the workers $535,000 and has agreed to strengthen the company's anti-harassment policy, to provide harassment prevention training to employees and managers, and inform the EEOC about any complaints of harassment or retaliation in the future.
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Monterey Gourmet Foods Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Lawsuit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, May 25, 2011
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