QUINCY, WA – A Grant County vegetable-packing house will pay $525,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a supervisor groped, propositioned and retaliated against female workers.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the settlement with Horning Brothers is believed to be the largest civil-rights resolution for the state in Washington history.
The initial complaint says allegations the supervisor included “requiring that employees have sex with him” to keep their jobs. The suit alleged that Cruz discharged those who opposed his unfair practices.
A judge ruled that Horning Brothers had an ineffective discrimination policy and did not act promptly after being notified about alleged harassment by a worker.
The settlement prohibits the supervisor working again in an oversight position at Horning Brothers.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)