Jury Awards Farm Workers $17.4M In Sex Harassment Case

Law360, New York (September 10, 2015, 9:13 PM EDT) -- Moreno Farms Inc., a produce farming operation in southern Florida, was ordered by a federal jury Thursday to pay $17.4 million to five former female workers for sexual harassment and retaliation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

Omar and Oscar Moreno, supervisors at the farm's packaging facility in Felda and sons of the owner, were accused along with a third male supervisor of harassing the female migrant agricultural workers, including repeatedly groping and, in some instances, raping them.

After a two-day trial inside a Miami federal courthouse, jurors awarded the five women $2.4 million in compensatory damages and $15 million in...

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