On November 18, it was announced that Del Monte Fresh Produce, a major global fruit and vegetable producer whose products are found at many retail locations in Wisconsin, agreed to pay a $1.2 million worker settlement. The firm was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2011 over allegations that the company had engaged in employee discrimination against Thai workers in the three years following 2003.
Although Del Monte has not commented publicly on the decision, the EEOC said that the firm should have been aware of the mistreatment. Reports said that the settlement amount would be distributed among the abused workers.
Immigrants who come to the U.S. in search of work may find themselves in situations where their employers abuse them, but lack of knowledge about local laws can make it difficult for these individuals to push back or seek justice afterwards. Attorneys may be able to assist these workers as they attempt to learn about their rights or pursue compensation for prior poor treatment.
Source: LA Times, "Del Monte to pay $1.2 million to settle worker-discrimination lawsuit", Stuart Pfeifer, November 18, 2013