A Bellingham-based seafood company that harvests and processes shellfish in Skagit County has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by three female workers.
Trans Ocean Seafoods Inc., which does business as New England Shellfish, agreed to pay $75,000 total to the three women, who worked as clam diggers in the company’s south Skagit Bay location.
The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claimed the company violated federal civil rights law by not properly responding to complaints that a supervisor made unwanted sexual comments to female workers on multiple occasions in 2012.
The workers, one of whom was 17 at the time, took their complaints to the EEOC in 2013, according to a news release from the Northwest Justice Project, which represented the women during the lawsuit.
In addition to the $75,000, the company is also required to provide anti-discrimination training for all employees, implement policies to hold supervisors accountable to anti-discrimination practices, and report all complaints of sexual harassment to the EEOC for the next two years, the release states.
Trans Ocean Seafoods runs a processing plant on Produce Lane in Mount Vernon. It is not affiliated with Trans-Ocean Products Inc. of Bellingham.