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Sex harassment, retaliation cost gourmet company $535K

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A Salinas specialty foods maker will pay $535,000 to settle an EEOC lawsuit alleging a supervisor sexually har­assed workers, who were fired after they complained.

The three women and one man who worked as packers at Monterey Gourmet Foods claimed in 2006 that a foreman made sexual comments, displayed pornography, groped employees and exposed himself. Two weeks after they filed an EEOC hostile work environment complaint, the company fired them.

In addition to paying the workers, the settlement calls for Monterey Gourmet Foods to adopt a zero-­tolerance policy on discrimination, harassment and retaliation and provide anti-harassment and retaliation training to hourly employees and managers.

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