How Will New Regulations Reduce Sexual Harassment in the Agricultural Field?

As of January 1, 2015, new regulatory changes meant to reduce sexual harassment in the agricultural industry went into effect in California as part of California Senate Bill 1087. Farm labor contractors (FLCs) are now required to provide one hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all workers annually. Photo of employee handbook

Supervisors are also required to complete a “Supervisory Employee Sexual Harassment Disclosure Statement” as an assertion that no supervisors within the FLC have been found to have committed sexual harassment within the last three years. If sexual harassment does occur, the FLC can lose its license to operate.

Sexual harassment is a disproportionately large issue for women in the agricultural field. Though only 18 percent of farmworkers in the U.S. are female, nearly 40 percent of the female farmworkers interviewed in a UC Santa Cruz report from 2010 said that they had experienced sexual harassment, on a spectrum from verbal abuse to rape. Many of these crimes go unreported, and rarely are the reported crimes prosecuted.

My Supervisor’s Verbal Abuse Is Getting Worse and I Fear It May Turn Physical. What Are My Options?

Sexual harassment is illegal under the Civil Rights Act. If you feel threatened by a supervisor or coworker and wish to put a stop to harassment, a Los Angeles employment lawyer may be able to help. The attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob are interested in hearing from you. Contact us through the link above or at (310) 273-3180 for a free consultation.

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