Berry grower to pay $350K for manager assaults on employees

SEATTLE (AP) — An berry grower will pay $350,000 to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office due to an ex-manager’s assaults and alleged sexual harassment of female employees. The Seattle Times reports the money will go to the several women harmed while working on a blueberry farm near the Tri-Cities operated by Great Columbia Berry Farms, according to Ferguson’s office. The company violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the federal Civil Rights Act by letting the conduct continue, Ferguson charged in the complaint. Great Columbia Berry Farms denied the state’s allegations in the consent decree.