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Originally published Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Evans Fruit

A federal judge in Yakima has dismissed the second of two lawsuits filed by a federal agency on behalf orchard workers against Evans Fruit.

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YAKIMA, Wash. —

A federal judge in Yakima has dismissed the second of two lawsuits filed by a federal agency on behalf orchard workers against Evans Fruit.

Ten orchard workers claimed that the Yakima-area fruit company, one of the country's largest apple growers, had retaliated against them for meeting with representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to pursue a claim alleging sexual harassment.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says ( http://is.gd/t18KhI) the EEOC's lawsuit centered around allegations that an Evans Fruit employee sent two people to spy on a 2010 meeting the EEOC held with employees.

U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko on Friday granted Evans Fruit's motion to dismiss, saying the EEOC failed to present evidence that any of the workers had been threatened by anyone associated with Evans Fruit.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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