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Company sued for sexual harassment

New York farm workers may want to know about a lawsuit filed in federal court pertaining to sexual harassment. The attorney general of the state of Washington has accused an agricultural company of allowing its female workers to be subjected to extreme and illegal sexual harassment.

During an investigation, authorities found that the harassment included forcing women to engage in sexual relations with a supervisor in order to keep their jobs, asking the female workers for intimate photographs and grabbing and rubbing against female workers against their will. According to the complaint, the company was aware of or should have known that one of its supervisors had committed these acts, which were in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, for years.

The complaint alleges that the women the company hired were subject to discrimination as they were only allowed work as onion sorters on the packing line. The company and its supervisor are also accused of engaging in illegal retaliation against those employees who snubbed the supervisor's sexual advances or objected to the illegal harassment and hiring policies.

The suit is seeking multiple remedies This includes stopping the company and its supervisor from engaging in behavior that is discriminatory, sexually harassing and retaliating against its workers and stating that the practices violate state and federal law. It is also pursuing financial damages for all victims of the discrimination as well as attorney's costs and fees.

Attorneys who practice employment law may assist clients who have been victims of hostile working environments and other forms of harassment. Complaints may be filed against the employer and the individuals who engaged in or ignored the illegal behaviors.

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