The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit Thursday against a California winery and its parent company.
The EEOC filed suit against Paso Robles, Calif.-based Justin Vineyards & Winery LLC and its parent company, The Wonderful Co. LLC, based in Los Angeles, in US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that it allowed female employees to be sexually harassed, according to the lawsuit filed in US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Justin Vineyards & Winery LLC, The Wonderful Co. LLC, and do 1-10, inclusive.
The EEOC said that as of 2017, male managers at the winery’s production and restaurant locations were sexually harassing female employees on a daily basis through unwanted and repeated sexual advances, sexual comments and sexually offensive behavior, including unwelcome physical contact.
The EEOC said the winery and its parent company did not investigate the complaints they received or take steps to prevent the harassment, and some women who complained were retaliated against or forced to leave the workplace.
The lawsuit states that in some cases, human resources has accused the accusers or placed the blame on the victims for the harassment.
The EEOC charged the companies with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wonderful did not respond to a request for comment.