Fish processor fine for harassment of observer

Posted: Friday, June 07, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Seattle-based fish processor has been fined for its employees' harassment of a federal fisheries observer.

In an out-of-court settlement, Peter Pan Seafoods was fined $40,000, with $25,000 suspended.

Susan Auer, an attorney for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the female observer was sexually harassed by processing line workers at Peter Pan's King Cove plant over several months beginning in April 2000.

Between 15 and 20 workers were suspected of being involved in the harassment. The company was charged solely as being responsible for the action of its employees.

Observers collect data for management of Alaska fisheries.

The observer was removed from the plant after she reported the harassment to NOAA enforcement authorities.

The suspended $25,000 will be discharged if the company does not violate harassment regulations over three years.

As part of the settlement, Peter Pan agreed to provide anti-harassment training and produce a video to assist in the training.



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