Calif. Food Co. To Pay $1.5M In EEOC Sex Harassment Case

Law360, Los Angeles (July 28, 2016, 4:16 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has ordered Z Foods Inc., once one of the country's largest dried fruit processors, to pay $1.47 million in damages in a sexual harassment and retaliation suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the company's farmworkers.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on July 22 signed off on a federal magistrate judge's recommended ruling granting default judgment for the workers, who accused two Z Foods male supervisors of sexually harassing female employees and firing male and female workers after they complained, according to the EEOC and court papers.

The Madera, California-based company...

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