Del Monte Fresh Produce Settles National Origin Lawsuit for $1.2 Million
Del Monte Fresh Produce will settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC. In the lawsuit, the EEOC charged that workers brought in from Thailand and placed on Hawaii farms endured insufficient food, low wages, uninhabitable housing, and deportation threats. Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As part of the settlement, Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay $1.2 million to be distributed among the Thai claimants. Del Monte Fresh Produce has also agreed to institute comprehensive protocols and accountability measures to ensure that all farm labor contractors that work with Del Monte Fresh Produce comply with federal laws against discrimination and retaliation.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, Del Monte Fresh Produce Agrees to Settle EEOC Farmworker National Origin Lawsuit, (Nov. 18, 2013).comments powered by Disqus