Orchid Growing Farm to Pay $240K for Sexual Harassment, National Origin Discrimination
December 1, 2011
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently discussed a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement, involving a class of female greenhouse workers in an Oxnard, California Orchid Growing Company.
According to the EEOC lawsuit settlement, that our Anaheim employment attorneys have been following, Cyma Orchids, Inc., one of the country's largest orchid growers, will pay $200,000 to settle the sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation charges due to national origin bias and sex--filed by the EEOC on behalf of the female Hispanic workers. The Orchid Farm's owner will also pay $40,000 to resolve the lawsuit.
The California sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit claims that a class of female workers were continually sexually propositioned and inappropriately groped by Hispanic and Korean male managers, supervisors and company owners. The female workers were reportedly groped on their breasts and bottoms, forced to endure sexual propositions, and were frequently the subject of sexual jokes and lewd comments about their bodies and their national origin. The EEOC found that the female workers who complained or reported the sexual harassment were retaliated against. A male lead worker in the greenhouse who defended one of the victims was also reportedly retaliated against, by being fired for standing up for a female employee.
As Vincent Howard has discussed in a previous Howard Law employment lawyer blog, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal to sexually harass, discriminate or retaliate against job applicants or employees based on gender or national origin in hiring, training, firing, benefits, wages, promotions and other employment terms and conditions. According to the EEOC, sexual harassment can include advances of a sexual nature that are unwelcome, requests for sexual favors, and other sexual harassment in a physical or verbal form. The EEOC also states that harassment can include remarks about a person's sex or gender that are offensive.
The California sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by the EEOC in September 2010, and as part of the settlement, Cyma agreed to ensure that all staff will be trained regarding their rights and responsibilities under the EEOC, as well as the company's policy and procedures against discrimination, retaliation and harassment. Cyma is also required to track all future sexual harassment and discrimination complaints by creating a central system, and by holding employees responsible for failing to address the sexual harassment and discrimination complaints adequately.
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Cyma & Taean Orchids To Pay $240,000 For Harassment, Discrimination Against Latina Farm Workers, EEOC Press Release, November 29, 2011
Orchid grower paying $200K for harassment, San Francisco Chronicle, November 29, 2011
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