Lawsuit: Yakima tree fruit business ignored ‘egregious’ sexual harassment against farmworker

Warning: This article includes descriptions of sexual harassment and stalking

September 29, 2021 7:27 PM

Posted: September 29, 2021 7:27 PM

Updated: September 29, 2021 7:51 PM

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima-based tree fruit business Chief Orchards is being sued over claims its supervisors ignored reports of “egregious sexual harassment” against a Latina agricultural worker for over a year — until she felt forced to quit her job.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employee Kristian Gonzalez reported unwanted sexual advances and stalking by a male coworker multiple times to her crew boss starting in July 2017.

“On a daily basis, he would make comments about her body and her underwear, tell other workers that she was going to be ‘his,’ and touched her without her permission,” an EEOC…

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