Florida Tomato Grower Settles Harassment Lawsuit

July 23, 2012

One of the Florida’s major tomato growers will pay two women $150,000 and change the way it deals with harassment complaints to settle a federal lawsuit.

According to the Fort Myers News-Press the women worked in DiMare Ruskin’s Immokalee fields for three months and were sexually harassed by supervisors then fired when they complained.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the lawsuit. According to records, DiMare agreed to establish a nationwide anti-harassment policy and train employees about anti-discrimination laws. For the next three years, DiMare must report to the EEOC how it handles any discrimination complaints.

EEOC officials say sexual harassment against women in the agricultural industry is a problem.

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