Bacon being cooked. Photo from Pixabay.
Bacon being cooked. Photo from Pixabay.

Clougherty Packing — which does business as the Los Angeles-based meat processing company Farmer John — will pay $100,000 to resolve a sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was announced.

The EEOC charged the company in Los Angeles federal court with violating federal law by subjecting a class of female workers to sexual harassment.

According to the lawsuit, the company’s supervisors and employees sexually harassed female employees in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A company representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

In addition to the $100,000 in monetary relief, the two-year consent decree settling the suit requires the company to review and revise company policies to comport with federal law, implement effective training for both supervisors and staff, develop a centralized tracking system for employees’ discrimination complaints and submit reports to EEOC verifying compliance with the decree.

“We commend the efforts by Clougherty Packing/Farmer John in reaching a resolution with EEOC that provides both meaningful monetary relief and important equitable relief for the affected female employees,” said Anna Park, the regional attorney for EEOC’s Los Angeles district office.

–City News Service

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