USA: Latina workers file harassment claim against Ideal Snacks; co produces for Kellogg's & PepsiCo

Author: Bill Heltzel, Westfair Communications, Published on: 26 January 2016

A group of Latina workers have sued their former employer, Ideal Snacks Corp., claiming incessant sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by supervisors...

Ideal manufactures snacks for food companies such as Kellogg’s and PepsiCo, at a plant in the Catskills town of Liberty in Sullivan County...

Seven women claim they were subjected to repeated harassment and discrimination, from 2007 to May 2015. They are represented by LatinoJustice, a New York City civil rights organization.

The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 10 in federal court in White Plains, names only the company as a defendant, but the complaint identifies eight supervisors and a plant manager who allegedly carried out the offensive conduct...

Ideal has a zero-tolerance policy on workplace harassment and discrimination... 

Ideal’s customers also review company practices. Last year, for example, PepsiCo auditors spent two days in the plant and randomly selected 50 workers for interviews on workplace conditions.

“There was no sign of any form of harassment [...] and the company passed the overall audit with favorable scores.”

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Related companies: Ideal Snacks Corporation Kellogg PepsiCo