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November 2013 Archives

$1.2 million awarded to farm workers in discrimination lawsuit

Due to mistreatment, Del Monte Fresh Produce has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement in a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of pineapple farm workers from Thailand. The suit, filed by a California office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claimed Global Horizons Manpower Inc., a Del Monte contractor, exploited the immigrant workers by making them pay huge fees to obtain employment in the United States and then mistreating them after they become employed. The EEOC further alleged Del Monte should have known that its contractor was engaged in workplace discrimination.

Was Dolphins locker room a hostile work environment?

National Football League fans from California to Florida have recently been forced to consider whether locker room hazing is a harmless football rite of passage or something more serious. In a story that has received widespread coverage, Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito has been accused of helping to create a hostile work environment involving racial epithets and threats that may or may not have been a misguided effort to welcome a new player onto the team. Even Incognito admitted he might have gone too far with teammate Jonathan Martin.

U.S. Senate votes to bar discrimination against LGBT workers

On Nov. 7, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. This bill provides a federal level of protection which mirrors laws already in effect for workers in California and 16 other states. The purpose of the bill is to eliminate employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Supporters of the bill feel that workplace discrimination can contribute a to hostile work environment and is wrong.

California pregnancy discrimination case settled

A 36-year-old woman filed a lawsuit more than four years ago against film giant Lucusfilm Ltd., claiming she was terminated as an assistant to the estate manager at George Lucas's San Anselmo estate because she was pregnant. Attorneys for the company denied her allegations of employment discrimination, claiming she hid her pregnancy until she had a job offer in an effort to be covered by company benefits.

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