A Georgia-based farming company called Hamilton Growers, Inc., will pay $500,000 to a class of seasonal employees to settle an EEOC race discrimination lawsuit.
According to the EEOC, Hamilton Growers, doing business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, subjected a group of mostly African-American workers to a discriminatory and hostile work environment.
Southern Valley allegedly fired most of its American workers while keeping its Mexican workers. During their employment with Southern Valley, the American workers claim that they were regularly subjected to different and less advantageous working conditions than their Mexican coworkers.
EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said, “The EEOC will continue to protect the rights of vulnerable workers, such as the African American agricultural workers in this case, who were unlawfully terminated because of their race and national origin. Employers must ensure that their employment practices are in line with anti-discrimination laws, especially in light of the globalization of the labor force.”