The operators of a Colorado potato packing plant have agreed to pay nearly a half million dollars to settle accusations that it tolerated the sexual harassment of more than a dozen of its female workers for over a decade.
News Story (Colorado)
Associated Press (AP)
October 7, 2015
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Tags: Sexual Harassment, Workers Rights
Organizations mentioned/involved: Colorado Legal Services
Under the $450,000 deal announced Wednesday by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency will distribute $415,000 among 13 women who say they were subjected to inappropriate comments, touching and propositioning by a male supervisor since at least 2001. The rest of the money will cover legal fees for Colorado Legal Services, which helped some of the women bring the complaint against the MountainKing Potatoes plant in Monte Vista, Colorado.
The plant’s operators, Smokin’ Spuds, Inc. and Farming Technology Inc., both affiliated with Houston-based Syndex Corp., have also agreed to terminate the supervisor, provide training on discrimination laws, send letters of apology to the women and post a notice of workers’ right to be free of harassment.
Workers at the plant referred questions to MountainKing’s Houston office, but officials there didn’t immediately respond to calls for comment.