Are you seeing a pattern here? Yesterday, another agricultural employer settled an EEOC lawsuit for sexual harassment. This time for $650,000. In the case, a female employee was subject to seven years of demands for sex by her supervisor coupled with unwelcome physical contact. When the employee’s co-workers complained to management about sexual harassment, they were fired or forced out of their jobs.
The pattern is the result of the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) which specifically includes “protecting vulnerable workers who may be less familiar with their rights under equal employment laws…” The EEOC press release on the settlement makes clear that female agricultural workers are “vulnerable workers,” and we can anticipate continued focus by the EEOC on employment practices in the agricultural industry. http://eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/5-16-13.cfm