The EEOC has filed suit against Madera-based Zoria Farms and its predecessor company, alleging it fired several women after they complained of rampant sexual harassment.
The complaint claims managers at the company, which produces dried fruit, targeted four female employees for sex in 2007 and 2008. They allegedly endured unwanted touching and lewd comments about their appearances. The EEOC says the women were propositioned for sex on a daily basis—and their supervisors allegedly suggested giving in to their demands would lead to easier assignments.
When the farm changed hands, the new owners allegedly fired all the women who had complained about the harassment. The farm is also accused of firing other employees who are related to the women who filed the complaints.
The EEOC sued after trying unsuccessfully to mediate the dispute. The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for all the affected workers and injunctive relief to prevent sexual harassment from occurring again.