It is very important for employers to take all proper steps to ensure that their employees are not subjected to workplace sexual harassment. There are many different forms sexual harassment can take, such as improper touching, inappropriate sexual requests and inappropriate sexual comments. In any of its forms, sexual harassment is a very harmful and humiliating thing and no employee should have to worry that they will face it at their place of work.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that a supervisor with the farm labor contractor subjected the women to sexual harassment. According to the EEOC, the alleged harassment included improper propositions and inappropriate sexual language.
The EEOC also claimed that the farm labor contractor committed wrongful retaliation. According to the EEOC, two female employees took actions in opposition to the alleged sexual harassment. Allegedly, the farm labor contractor then fired these two female employees. The EEOC alleged that this firing was retaliatory.
A lawsuit was brought by the EEOC in a federal court in California against the farm labor contractor in connection to these allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.
According to a press release on the EEOC's website, the EEOC and the farm labor contractor recently reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. Reportedly, under the terms of this settlement, the farm labor contractor will take steps such as making changes to its policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment and providing sexual harassment training. The farm labor contractor has also reportedly agreed to make a monetary payment.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Mid Valley Labor Services Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit," May 16, 2012