Giumarra Vineyards, one of the largest grape harvesters in the United States, has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with former employees for $350,000, according to sources. The plaintiffs filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit alleges that a 17-year-old worker was sexually harassed by a coworker. The victim went to management with the grievance, along with four other workers, and all five were terminated the next day.
The victim claims she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances by male coworkers, inappropriate touching and abusive and sexual comments. The defendant and the other workers were wrongfully terminated, and they are protected under whistleblower protection laws, which were blatantly ignored in this instance. In addition to the $350,000 settlement, Giumarra has agreed to update its complaint procedures policy and anti-discrimination training.
“We strive to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all of our employees,” read a statement released by Giumarra. “In fact, the majority of the settlement amount is going towards enhancing our current policies and procedures to include training of all 3,000 of our farm workers on sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination.”
Hopefully this is not just lip service from a company caught doing wrong. Contact our Los Angeles harassment attorneys today if you have had a similar experience in the workplace.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment law attorneys