Defunct Madera dried-fruit processor settles sex harassment case | Fresno Bee Fresno Bee

defunct Madera-based food company agreed to pay $330,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging female employees were sexually harassed.

Zoria Farms, Inc., once operators of a large dried-fruit processing plant, has settled a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 10 Hispanic farmworkers.

Since 2007, two Zoria Farms supervisors subjected four Hispanic female workers to ongoing harassment through sexual comments, leers, hugs, kisses and requests for dates or sex. EEOC contended that the four alleged victims and other workers of both genders reported the harassment on several different occasions, but the company failed to take the immediate action required by federal law.

When Zoria Farms sold the company to Z Foods in 2008, seven of the 10 workers were denied jobs. The EEOC charged it as retaliation for the workers’ complaints and filed suit against both Zoria Farms and Z Foods in September 2013.

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