EEOC Sues Fla. Farm For Firing Worker After Rape Allegation

Law360, New York (May 31, 2017, 7:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a Florida farm Wednesday for allegedly firing a migrant farmworker because she complained about being raped and otherwise sexually harassed by a supervisor.

The agency’s lawsuit accused Favorite Farms Inc. of not investigating or taking any action against a male supervisor in charge of its agricultural operations and field labor for engaging in “egregious sexual harassment” toward the female farmworker, which included unwelcome sexual comments, forcible physical contact and rape.

Given her employer’s lack of action, the farmworker was forced to get a restraining order, according to the suit. But instead of addressing the...

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