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Abusive Employer Settles Sexual Harrassment Case

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September 20, 2007

On August 31, the ACLU won an important victory on behalf of three immigrant women who were sexually harrassed by their employer. In September 2006, a jury found Alberto Palacci guilty of harrassing the three Latina women. But Palacci refused to pay the jury-awarded compensation. After nearly a year of negotiations, the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project won $750,000 in damages and attorneys fees for their clients, Deyanira Espinal, Angela Berise Fritman Peralta and Maria Araceli Gonzales Flores.

Claudia Flores, the attorney who argued the case, guest blogged about the victory on Latina Lista. Claudia was also featured in an interview on Telemundo 47:

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You can learn more about the Women’s Rights Project’s work on behalf of immigrant women on here. In addition, the ACLU’s Human Rights Program is co-hosting a two-day strategy session with the of ACLU of Florida, Farmworker Association of Florida, Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the National Employment Law Project, in Fort Myers, Fla., from November 2 through 4. The session will gather human rights and immigrant workers’ rights advocates to provide an overview of universal human rights standards that protect the rights of immigrant workers, both documented and undocumented. You can learn more on the event’s webpage.

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