08-18-2017  6:58 pm      •     

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Feds hold Franz Bakery owner responsible for worker harassment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a sexual and racial harassment lawsuit against U.S. Bakery Inc., which operates Franz Bakery, after a federal judge ruled that the company was responsible for sexual and racial harassment.
The commission settled its lawsuit on behalf of four women — three White and one African American — through a consent decree that gives the commission monitoring power over the local employer for three years and court enforcement if necessary. The women resolved their individual claims through separate, confidential agreements with U.S. Bakery.
Better known as Franz Bakery, the company is the largest family-owned bakery west of the Mississippi River and serves grocery, restaurant, food service and institutional customers in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and parts of Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
All of the women were in their 30s and 40s at the time of the sexual and racial harassment. Three of the women worked on the production floor of the bakery, while the fourth worked in the office.


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