Willamette Tree Wholesale Nursery in Oregon Sued for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation
Willamette Tree Wholesale, a nursery in Molalla, Oregon has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for violating federal law.
According to the federal agency's investigation, one worker, a 38-year-old Latina, was taken to remote areas of the farm by the company foreman and raped repeatedly over several months.
Another Latina co-worker, age 35, faced daily sexual innuendos and propositions for sex as well as grabbing and touching.
EEOC Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo said, "From California, where the fields were called 'field de calzon' (or 'field of panties') because so many supervisors raped women there, to Florida, where female farm workers call them 'The Green Motel,' and throughout the country, we have found women working in agriculture are often particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment.
No wonder Americans don't want to work there, they don't want to rape or be raped!
But let's stop and all act shocked that employers who will willfully look the other way when it comes to labor laws, ID laws and employment laws will then ignore the Equal Employment Opportunity laws.
It's also very puzzling that employees who break our immigration laws, labor laws, ID laws and tax laws also have a tendency not to respect other laws once they are in the workplace.
The nursery lobby and our lawmakers will all say that these workers are illegal aliens... how come this news report won't look into the matter?
Why don't we enforce ALL our laws to ensure a safe workplace for everyone.