River Point Farms Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit For $150,000
America's largest onion grower will pay $150,000 to a female worker to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. River Points Farms agreed to the settlement prior to trial. The sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to published accounts a seasonal farm worker for River Point Farms faced relentless verbal abuse from her male supervisor from 2005 to 2010. In is hard to believe that this activity took place over such a long period of time. In addition to unwanted sexual comments and requests for sexual favors, the supervisor constantly told the female employee that women are inferior to men and that she should submit to beatings by her husband.
In what is a remarkable series of events the supervisor publicly encouraged the woman's husband to kill her. What kind of nut case is this? After her spouse attempted to kill her in September 2010, the supervisor blamed her for causing her husband's arrest and fired her. Although River Point later allowed her to return to work, the company nonetheless laid her off much sooner than others and did not rehire her for several months while others were hired in her stead, a retaliatory act for her complaints about the supervisor's abusive and discriminatory treatment.
"My supervisor told me I was less than a man, that my husband should be allowed to beat me, and that I should put up with it because I am a woman," said the worker.