Hog farm sued for ignoring sexual harassment »
[The plaintiff] says she and her co-workers were subjected to peepholes in the women’s showers, their underwear being stolen from their lockers and found wet with a substance one reported to be semen, unwanted groping and hugging by male workers, and sex-related drawings in a break room.
Murphy-Brown’s lawyers said they did everything they could to stop the harassment. They also suggested the women drilled the peepholes themselves? OK. The jury decided the corporation didn’t take adequate measures to stop the harassment but didn’t act in malice, so they awarded the plaintiff $30,000.
Not that sexual harassment doesn’t happen everywhere all the time, but the meat industry has a history of not giving a shit about its employees. We’ve all read “Blood, Sweat, and Fear” by now, right? Smithfield Foods, the corporation that owns Murphy-Brown, is allover that study. But here’s Smithfield’s policy on harassment:
Smithfield is committed to providing our employees with a nondiscriminatory work environment free of any type of harassment per company policy and the law. Supervisory employees must investigate all complaints of harassment and employees are advised on their responsibility to report violations. The company will take appropriate disciplinary actions for violation of policy or law.
“Free of any type of harassment” means free of sexual harassment. But they don’t mention sexual harassment specifically, which is a big red flag to me. You don’t even address it in your workers’ rights policies? At least pretend you care about it on paper.
Like I said, sexual harassment happens allover all the time but here’s my main point: If they can’t keep their own employees safe, how can we trust them to keep “humane” conditions for the animals they are charged with? Animals who can’t complain to the boss, who are completely helpless and voiceless?
For a laugh, a quote from Murphy-Brown’s site:
“At Murphy-Brown, our commitment to producing high-quality pork products while protecting the environment and promoting animal welfare isn’t just a motto, it’s how we operate.”
Yeeeah, doubt it.
As a bonus, here’s the Humane Society’s video on gestation crates and conditions for hogs at Smithfield Foods:
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com]
Keep up the good work, bros.
Chelsea Peretti is a dumb ass »
My thoughtful coworkers alerted me to a recent meme going around (as memes are wont to do):
First of all, BINGO. Second of all, before we really get into it, can this douchebag update her wardrobe? The ’90s were a great time but join us in the new millennium. I’m sorry, I know that’s unrelated but it’s so glaring and offensive to my eyes. See what I mean?
For fuck’s sake, turn off the Friends reruns and go to a mall. [Ed.: To be fair, she’s rocking a perfect 1990 Courtney Thorne Smith circa Melrose Place. —Laura]
To continue, let’s see, how many times do we have to go over this? Being vegan and caring about human rights are not mutually exclusive. That is not motherfucking logic. Moreover, let’s get it straight: This person does not care where her vegetables come from. No one who ever makes this argument actually does. They do not give a single fuck about immigrants, they are just defensive and out of reasonable arguments. People who actually care about labor rights 1. are out doing shit about it, and 2. know that the meat and dairy industry are the worst offenders on the planet when it comes to exploiting immigrant labor. Ask Human Rights Watch; Read “Blood, Sweat and Fear” and then come at me.
What about environmental politics? The meat and dairy industry are atrocious violators of the planet. And if you know the slightest bit about how environmental politics work out, poor countries, low-income communities and people of color are the people who get shafted when it comes to dealing with pollution and waste. It’s disproportionate as fuck. Open your goddamn eyes and connect the dots. If you actually care about people and justice, you would care about the environment. And if you actually care about the environment, you would be vegan because it is the number one thing an individual can do to make a difference for the planet. What is so hard to understand about this? Fucking idiots.
Look, moron, take intro to logic—it’s fun and sometimes you get to draw pictures. Plus, it might help you develop good jokes instead of pandering to mindless fucks. Good day, sir.