The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) on Thursday settled a sexual discrimination and retaliation complaint filed by eight farm workers against a Napa Valley vineyard owner, a vineyard management company and a Fresno labor contractor.
Two female laborers, supported by their male co-workers, filed the complaint after they were allegedly fired in 2013 for asking for separate toilet facilities . Their complaint won $65,000 in damages and mandatory changes in business practices of Alsace Co. L.P. vineyards, Farm West LCC vineyard management and Prime Harvest Contracting.
Farm West agreed to change its policy to allow the hiring of women and report its hiring practices to the DFEH for the next three years. Prime Harvest Contracting agreed to train its staff and ensure that its crews have adequate restroom facilities. Alsace also agreed to provide adequate restroom facilities for its workers.