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Female farm workers settle landmark sex harassment case

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

Gargiulo Inc., one of Florida’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesalers, will pay $215,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuits on behalf of female Haitian workers at its tomato packinghouse in Immokalee.

Their supervisor had subjected them to repeated unwanted sexual advances and retaliated when they complained.

Only a handful of sexual-harassment lawsuits have ever been filed on behalf of female farm workers. Maybe that’s why Gargiulo had no written policies on sexual harassment or retaliation in place at the time of the incidents. (It has them now.) 

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