Filipino Employees Subjected to Retaliation -Alleged National Origin Discrimination

Blog #4092020EEOC

Heidi Macomber reads the 4/9/20 EEOC news bulletin, EEOC News Fresno: Sunridge Nurseries Settles Discrimination Lawsuit


 Sunridge Nurseries, Inc., a grower in the grapevine nursery stock industry, has agreed to pay $237,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Sunridge allegedly failed to re-hire a group of Filipino seasonal farm workers in retaliation for having complained about national origin/race discrimination. Some of these workers were long term employees.

The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (EEOC v. Sunridge Nurseries, Inc., et. al., Case No. 1:19-cv-01365-AWI-JLT) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Notes on National Origin Discrimination

Employer Coverage – 15 or more employees

Time Limits

Non-Federal employees – 180 days to file a charge
(may be extended by state laws)

Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO counselor


EEOC bulletin dated 4/9/2020

National Origin Discrimination

EEOC Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination:

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