An Australian company, Perfection Fresh, has taken immediate action to remove individuals accused of sexually harassing seasonal workers , as it investigates the reported incidents.

In both cases, the accused individuals are no longer employed.

The response comes after reports revealed that 12 seasonal female workers, including 11 from Vanuatu, allegedly faced sexual harassment at their workplace.

A Perfection Fresh spokesperson stated in a statement issued to the Daily Post that “Perfection Fresh acknowledges the very serious nature of the complaints and the impact of the alleged conduct on the women involved.

“Perfection Fresh takes any allegation of sexual harassment extremely seriously,” the company spokesperson said.

They also confirmed that the company “has workplace policies and procedures on appropriate conduct, as well as processes for raising complaints and the protection of complainants.”

“Perfection Fresh treated the complaints made against two employees very seriously when they were raised and responded accordingly.”

They affirmed their commitment to providing a safe workplace for all workers.

Due to ongoing legal proceedings in the Federal Court, Perfection Fresh cannot provide further comments on the matter at this time.

As one of the country’s largest private fruit and vegetable growers, the company owns exclusive rights to popular varieties and operates farms across the country, including the Two Wells tomato glasshouse, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

The 12 women are suing the South Australian tomato glasshouse, seeking almost $3.9 million in damages.

The case is scheduled to go before the Australian court on the 8th of this month.

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SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST