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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 … Continue reading

Ramirez Targets Immigrants’ Plight

From TheDartmouth.com, Sophia Johnston, 28 Oct 2011. Monica Ramirez, director of the Immigrant Women’s Initiative at the Southern Poverty Law Center, shared stories of 150 women who were made victims of sexual exploitation while trying to earn enough money to feed their families in a Thursday afternoon lecture in the Rockefeller Center. Ramirez interviewed the … Continue reading

Farm Workers at Risk: EEOC Wins NW Harassment Settlements

From CrossCut.com, Eric Scigliano, 26 Oct 2011. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sues a series of Northwest employers for letting foremen harass and assault immigrant workers. Civil rights attorneys say abused farm and janitorial workers are just starting to come forward. The rapes began the week the woman started working at Willamette Tree Wholesale in … Continue reading

Federal Judge Throws Out Discrimination Complaint Against Six Hawaii Farms

From HawaiiReporter.com, Malia Zimmerman, 26 Oct 2011. U.S. District Judge David Ezra dismissed a complaint today filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 20, 2011, against six Hawaii farms, saying the government agency that is charged with prohibiting employment discrimination has not been specific enough in its allegations. He gave the agency’s Los … Continue reading

Ex-Worker Claims Hog Farm Ignored Harassment

From HamptonRoads.com, Tim McGlone, The Virginian-Pilot, 12 Oct 2011. NORFOLK, VA — A woman who claims hog producer Murphy-Brown allowed sexual harassment to continue unabated for years at farms in the region took her case before a federal jury Tuesday. Felicia Tennessee of Capron says the harassment caused her to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and … Continue reading

Barry Estabrook’s ‘Tomatoland,’ An Indictment of Modern Agriculture

From WashingtonPost.com, Jane Black, 10 Jun 2011. Lucas Mariano Domingo came to the United States from Guatemala hoping to find a job that would pay him enough to send money home. But he was soon broke and homeless. And so it must have seemed like a lucky break when Cesar Navarrete, leader of a Florida … Continue reading

Rape In The Fields: A Silent Epidemic

From TurnTo23.com, ABC TV 23, 24 May 2011. Cases Of Rape And Sexual Harassment Of Fieldworkers On The Rise BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Fieldworker rights advocates say rape in the fields happens a lot but rarely is reported. It happens so much that there has been a field in Salinas dubbed the field of panties because so … Continue reading

Notice: Man to Alter Plea in Employee Abuse Case

From MauiNews.com, Harry Eagar, Staff Writer (heagar@mauinews.com) 26 Apr 2011. Indictment: Thai nationals were held under threat in substandard housing The man who was the labor supervisor for Global Horizons on Maui in 2004 and 2005 is expected to plead guilty next month in U.S. District Court in Honolulu to charges related to document servitude and … Continue reading

Man Charged with Threatening to Kill Northern Mariana Islands Worker Advocate

From TheRepublic.com, The Associated Press, 22 Apr 2011. SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — Charges have been filed against a man accused of threatening to kill an advocate for migrant workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. Joaquin Tenorio was charged with assault, battery and disturbing the peace. United Workers Movement leader Rabby Fazle Syed says Tenorio … Continue reading

Hawaii Farms Facing Lawsuit over Laborers from Thailand

From MauiNews.com, Harry Eagar, Staff Writer, The Maui News and The Associated Press contributed to this report, 21 Apr 2011. Maui Pineapple Co. and five other prominent Hawaii farms were sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. The laswuit alleges violations of the civil rights of immigrant farmworkers from … Continue reading

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