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$________ Civil rights violation – Sexual harassment at plant nursery – Retaliatory discharge of agricultural worker.

U.S. District Court, Middle, Florida

This action was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ________ against the defendant, a plant nursery located in Zolfo Springs, Florida. The plaintiff alleged that one of the defendant’s supervisors subjected a female employee to sexual harassment on the job and then terminated her employment for rejecting the unwanted sexual advances.

The female employee worked as a planter in the defendant’s nursery. She claimed that her immediate supervisor – the crew leader – made constant sexual advances toward her and asked her to be his girlfriend in exchange for favors. The employee contended that she rejected the supervisor’s propositions and was then terminated in retaliation less than a month later.The case was settled for $________ under a three-year consent decree. The decree calls for the defendant to conduct training covering sexual harassment for its workers and management, implement a new written anti-discrimination policy in English and Spanish, post a notice regarding the lawsuit, and report future sexual harassment complaints to the EEOC for the duration of the decree.

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