USA: Del Monte Fresh Produce settles lawsuit brought by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Thai migrant workers

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19 November 2013

Del Monte Fresh Produce agrees to compensate Thai workers - commission

Author: Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

Del Monte Fresh Produce has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a federal lawsuit contending Thai workers in Hawaii were stripped of their passports, denied pay and given substandard living quarters…Proceeds from the settlement will be split among roughly 150 Thai workers for Del Monte on whose behalf the lawsuit was filed…The suit accused recruitment company Global Horizons…, and six growers including Del Monte, of discriminating against the pineapple farm workers on the basis of their national origin, and of harassment and retaliation against those who complained. Del Monte…was the first business in the case to settle the complaint, although it denied any wrongdoing, said Anna Park, a regional attorney for the EEOC in Los Angeles…Tentative agreements have been reached with four other growers, she added.

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18 November 2013

Del Monte Fresh Produce Agrees to Settle EEOC Farmworker National Origin Lawsuit

Author: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the country's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed in Hawaii against its Hawaii subsidiary by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. As part of the settlement, Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay $1.2 million to be distributed to the Thai claimants in the EEOC's case. In addition, Del Monte Fresh Produce has partnered with the EEOC to champion and ensure equal employment rights and opportunities by setting an example for the U.S. farming industry.

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