Harassment, Regulations & Compliance, Rights, Working Conditions

Orchid Grower Paying $200K for Harassment

From BusinessWeek.com, 29 Nov 2011.

OXNARD, CA — One of the nation’s largest orchid growers is paying $200,000 to settle a sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit says Hispanic women at Oxnard-based Cyma Orchids Inc. were groped and sexually propositioned during a pattern of harassment by supervisors, manager and company owners.

The EEOC also says workers who complained were retaliated against, including a Hispanic male lead greenhouse worker who was fired after defending one of the victims.

Besides the $200,000, the EEOC said Tuesday that the settlement calls for a 2 1/2-year consent decree requiring Cyma to assign an equal employment opportunity coordinator.

A message left Tuesday at Cyma Orchids wasn’t immediately returned.

Source: BusinessWeek.com, “Orchid grower paying $200K for harassment” 29 Nov 2011.

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