Farmer John settles sexual harassment allegations for $100K

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Oct. 16 that Clougherty Packing LLC, doing business as Farmer John, a meat processing company in Los Angeles, will pay $100,000 after allegations of sexual harassment.

"We commend the efforts by Clougherty Packing/Farmer John in reaching a resolution with EEOC that provides both meaningful monetary relief and important equitable relief for the affected female employees," said Anna Park, the regional attorney for EEOC's Los Angeles District Office.

According to allegations, female employees at the company were subjected to sexual harassment from supervisors. Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In addition to monetary penalties, the defendants will adopt business practice that better comply with federal laws regarding discrimination.

"The EEOC continues to see cases of workplace harassment perpetrated by supervisors and managers,” said Rosa Viramontes, director of the Los Angeles District Office. “We commend an employer like Clougherty Packing that is willing to make changes to its policies to better the working environ­ment for all employees."

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