River Point Farms, the largest US onion grower, has agreed to pay $150,000 to a female worker to settle an EEOC sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The woman claims that a bad boss at River Point Farms subjected her to a sexually hostile work environment by constantly telling her that women are inferior to men and that she should agree to be beaten by her husband, who also worked at River Point.
The woman said, “My supervisor told me I was less than a man, that my husband should be allowed to beat me, and that I should put up with it because I am a woman.”
According to the EEOC, the woman’s boss, Lazaro Rodriguez, publicly encouraged her husband to kill her. When he tried to kill her in September 2010, Rodriguez blamed her when her husband was arrested and he then fired her in retaliation.
EEOC attorney William Tamayo said, “It is imperative that employers deal swiftly and effectively with harassment. Likewise, employers cannot make the problem go away by punishing the employee who reports harassment. We are pleased with the settlement and the fact that River Point Farms is taking action to prevent future occurrences of sexual harassment and retaliation in its workplace.”