Vineyard Manager Squeezing More Than The Grapes
The 31-year-old woman who worked for La Pianta LLC, which does business as Frenchman Hills Vineyard is suing her former employer for sexual harassment. She is represented by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). She claims her manager engaged in malicious and reckless conduct related to sexual harassment. THe EEOC will file a lawsuit on behalf of a claimant if they believe there is enough information and evidence to succeed.
William Tamayo, an EEOC lawyer based in San Francisco, said the alleged sexual harassment began in May 2008, shortly after the woman began working at the vineyard. He said it lasted three months and ended when the woman quit because of the sexual harassment.
"Sexual harassment is not something that should be a condition of work," Tamayo said,, adding, "Some of the harassers prey on these women in desperate situations."