"Stupid Indians" .... "Indians are of no use"
"Indians don’t understand anything or how to do anything."
These are the kind of insults, from supervisors, made to indigenous workers at Giumarra Vineyards. And you can imagine the treatment that goes along with this attitude. Please read the below alert and then take action.
In January we reported that a young woman, 17 years old, was harassed sexually by a co-worker at Giumarra. She complained to the company about the unwanted sexual advances, and the company did something.
When she and fellow workers complained, they were fired.
These workers are all members of indigenous groups from Mexico. In a lawsuit filed by the former Giumarra employees who are Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, they claim they were the targets of abuse, insults, and discrimination by Giumarra supervisors just because they are indigenous.
The Kroger grocery chain is one of Giumarra’s biggest customers. Giumarra may not care what you think, but Kroger’s will. Kroger has the power to get Giumarra to clean up its act. Tell Kroger’s that you, as a customer, will not accept this treatment of the workers who tend and pick the produce that we eat. Tell them to use their power to promote the social responsibility they say they believe in.
Indigenous farm workers are doubly vulnerable. Anti-immigrant sentiment leads to serious discrimination. And they face additional cultural and linguistic barriers because they are indigenous peoples.
Take a stand for indigenous rights. Tell Kroger to do the right thing.
* The Krogers grocery chain includes Ralphs, Food for Less, Fred Meyer, QFC, Frys, Baker’s, City Market, Dillions, Foods Co, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC Stores, King Soopers, Owen’s Market, Scotts Food & Pharmacy, Smiths Food & Drug, Smith’s Marketplace, Turkey Hill, and more.
- Kroger CEO
Your company’s Vendor Code of Conduct states that workers may not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or sexual orientation.
Giumarra Vineyards, one of your produce vendors, is doing just that. They are being sued by the EEOC and four former employees for allowing the sexual harassment of a teenage female farm worker, and for abuse and discrimination by supervisors of a group of farm workers because they are from indigenous communities in Mexico.
When the young woman and her co-workers complained about the harassment, they were fired.
The mistreatment reported by these workers is appalling and includes abusive conduct and language. Please uphold the Kroger Code of Conduct by making sure that Giumarra Vineyards is held accountable for this conduct. As a customer, I expect you to do the right thing.
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