Ore. Christmas tree farm settles harassment suit

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal authorities say an Oregon Christmas tree farm has settled a harassment and discrimination suit and will pay $110,000.

Investigators said the case illustrated the difficulties of a "minority within a minority," in this case the indigenous Mixtec population of southern Mexico who are subjected to discrimination in their homeland.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two men working for Holiday Specialtrees of Woodburn told of a supervisor and other workers exposing themselves to the two and making sexual and derogatory comments to them, including deriding them for speaking their native language.

In a statement Tuesday the agency said the tree farm denied the allegations but agreed to the settlement, which included the payment to the two men and taking steps to combat harassment and discrimination in the workplace.