Litigation, Rights

Santa Maria Farmworker Sexual Harassment suit Settled for $27K

From KSBY.com, “Santa Maria farmworker sexual harassment suit settled for $27K” by Associated Press, 7 Apr 2011.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) – A California farm company is paying $27,500 to settle a federal sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed on behalf of a teenage vegetable packer.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a supervisor at Adam Brothers Farming Inc. in Santa Maria groped the female Hispanic worker and made lewd gestures, then fired the teen when she complained.

The commission says the harasser also threatened the teen’s co-workers.

The commission’s Los Angeles office says in a news release Thursday that a three-year consent decree calls for Adams Brothers to pay $20,000 to the teenage and $7,500 to Proteus Inc., a non-profit worker procurement and training firm.

A telephone message left for Cary Adams wasn’t immediately returned.

Read at: KSBY.com, “Santa Maria farmworker sexual harassment suit settled for $27K” by Associated Press, 7 Apr 2011.

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