[OGD] settlement / EEOC [U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]

  • From: viateur.boutot@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: orchids@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:42:26 -0500

"Harassment... settlement in Oxnard
Cyma Orchids... will pay $240,000 after the EEOC moved to root out an 
infestation of sexual harassment.

According to the EEOC, Cyma's workforce, mostly Korean and Mexican women, 
faced continual and pervasive harassment from male supervisors, including 
unwanted fondling of their breasts and buttocks and constant propositioning.
The men allegedly made frequent disparaging remarks about the women's 
national origin, telling Mexican women that they were "lazy" and "didn't 
know their place."

The EEOC investigated the claims and found that in at least one case, a 
worker was fired for speaking out against the ongoing harassment.

Under the settlement, Cyma will pay $200,000 to the victims.
The farm's former owner, Taean Orchids, will pay $40,000.

In addition to the money, the company entered into a 21/2-year consent 
decree that requires all supervisors to receive sexual harassment training.
All harassment complaints must be recorded at a central office and 
supervisors will be held responsible for investigating the complaints."

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