Take Action to stop sexual harassment at Giumarra Vineyards.
Want to learn more about the Giumarra campaign?
Go to: http://www.ufw.org/giumarra
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Go to: http://action.ufw.org/eeocpapers
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Stop sexual harassment at Giumarra Vineyards
Our friends in the United Farm Workers and Dolores Huerta are asking for us to help now.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just filed suit against Giumarra Vineyards for allegedly violating federal law by sexually harassing a teenage female farm worker and retaliating against farm workers who came to her aid.
Giumarra Vineyards, the world's largest table grape company, harvests approximately 1 out of every 10 bunches of grapes picked in the US. Because the company is so huge, their behavior helps set the industry standard.
According to the EEOC's suit (EEOC v. Giumarra Vineyards Corporation, et al, Case No. 1:09-cv-02255), the young woman "was subjected to sexual advances, sexually inappropriate touching and abusive and offensive sexual comments about the male sex organ by a male co-worker." The EEOC further alleged that after witnessing the sexual harassment, farm workers came to the aid of the teenage victim and complained to Giumarra Vineyards.
The result? One day after reporting the incident, the victim and people who helped her were fired. The EEOC suit states they "were summarily discharged in retaliation for their opposition to the sexual harassment." (More details in the EEOC's press release.)
What happened to this vulnerable young girl and the others who simply came to her defense was reprehensible and illegal.
More than 12,000 people have responded and signed the online petition to Giumarra Vineyards. A delegation of women leaders lead by United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta will hand it in to Giumarra/Nature's Partner and attempt to meet with this company on February 15. Please sign the petition today--and send it to as many friends as possible. Give Giumarra a strong message that you will not tolerate this behavior.
Thank you for always being there for "La Causa."