Coalition of Immokalee Workers Women Workers win sexual harassment lawsuit
Read the just released CIW Report, Fair Food Program Changes the Norm: Confronting Sexual Violence and Harassment in the Fields.
DiMare Ruskin will pay a $150,000 EEOC settlement after women tomato-pickers filed complaints that they were sexually harassed.
By Christina Veiga
cveiga [at] MiamiHerald [dot] com
Excerpt from the Miami Herald article: "While picking tomatoes for DiMare Ruskin, one of Florida’s largest growers, Catalina Ramirez says her crew leader would repeatedly ask her for sex, according to a lawsuit.
He would tell her he wanted to kiss her all over, and that she would regret turning down his advances because he is “well-endowed,” the lawsuit claims.
In the same Immokalee fields, Lucia Reyes says she was groped and sexually taunted by her male supervisor, according to the suit.
Both ended up without work. And both ended up filing complaints of sexual harassment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."