Measure to Protect Female Farm Laborers

Taylor Hillman General

ag-laborA measure that seeks to protect female farm laborers from sexual assault and harassment has passed the Senate Floor. Sabrina Hill has more.

Measure to Protect Female Farm Laborers

A measure to address the numerous reports of sexual assault and harassment against female farmworkers has passed off of the Senate Floor and is on its way to Governor Brown’s desk. The measure was authored by Senator Bill Monning of Carmel.

SB 1087 would amend the state Farm Labor Contractor Act to mandate sexual harassment prevention training for licensees and their supervisors, as well as require that all non-supervisorial employees, including agricultural employees, be trained at the time of hire and at least once every two years. Included in training requirements are identifying, preventing, and reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

Monning says women who work in farm labor can be easier targets for some types of predators.

SB 1087 establishes new legal authority for the Labor Commissioner to take adverse license actions against sexual predators and increases funding for the Farm Labor Contractor Enforcement and License Verification units.