Onion Farmer settles $150,000 Sexual Harassment Case

Oregon Onion Farm Settles in Sexual Harassment Casecourt
By Oregon Family Farm Association

River Point Farms in Hermiston, Oregon settled in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit for $150,000 and agreed to implement other relief measures. The case was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a seasonal female worker who faced repeated verbal abuse from a male supervisor from 2005 to 2010. The worker reported being fired in 2010 by the supervisor who blamed her for her husband’s arrest after he tried to kill her. A press release by the EEOC states, “It is imperative that employers deal swiftly and effectively with harassment,” said EEOC Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo. “Likewise, employers cannot make the problem go away by punishing the employee who reports harassment. We are pleased with the settlement and the fact that River Point Farms is taking action to prevent future occurrences of sexual harassment and retaliation in its workplace.”

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