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Unformatted text preview: ely free to boss, fire, berate, or reassign workers. That sort of power
can lead to all sorts of abuses, especially when the hourly workers being supervised are women.
Many women told me stories about being fondled and grabbed on the production line, and the behavior of supervisors sets the tone for the
other male workers. In February of 1999, a federal jury in Des Moines awarded $2.4 million to a female employee at an IBP slaughterhouse.
According to the woman’s testimony, coworkers had “screamed obscenities and rubbed their bodies against hers while supervisors laughed.”
Seven months later, Monfort agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of fourteen
female workers in Texas. As part of the settlement, the company paid the women $900,000 and vowed to establish formal procedures for
handling sexual harassment complaints. In their lawsuit the women alleged that supervisors at a Monfort plant in Cactus, Texas, pressured
them for dates and sex, and that...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08