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Dole Food Company, Inc. (previously named Standard Fruit Company) is an American agricultural multinational corporation headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The company is the largest producer of fruit and vegetables in the world, operating with 74,300 full-time and seasonal employees who are responsible for over 300 products in 90 countries. Dole markets such food items as bananas, pine vac reached a $300,000 settlement before the trial.

The following article below talks about how Banana Workers Win $2.5M In Dole Lawsuit Back in NOVEMBER 16, 2007 in a piece written and published by CBS NEWS:

A jury Thursday found that American food giant Dole should pay $2.5 million in punitive damages to five workers who claimed they were made sterile by use of a pesticide on Nicaraguan banana plantations in the 1970s. Last week, the Superior Court jury awarded $3.3 million in actual damages to six workers, most of it to be paid by California-based Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the remainder by Dow Chemical Co. of Michigan. The jury's finding that Dole acted maliciously in harming five of the six allowed punitive damages to be considered for the five. The punitive damages were to be split evenly among the five workers exposed to the pesticide known as DBCP. Lawyers for both sides called it a win. Duane Miller, the workers' attorney, said it sends a message that multinational corporations such as Dole are accountable for what they do, even overseas. "This is a tremendous victory for the banana workers who were sterilized by DBCP," Miller said. Dole attorney Rick McKnight called the verdict a "substantial defeat" for the plaintiffs because the jury did not come back with a much larger award. McKnight said he believed the jury recognized that the Dole of 30 years ago was a very different company than the Dole of today. "This verdict overall is quite a vindication," he said. Twelve workers originally filed the lawsuit, but the jury determined that only six had been substantially harmed by the pesticide, DBCP. The six were awarded actual damages ranging from $311,200 to $834,000 each. The case marked the first time a U.S. jury heard a lawsuit involving sterility and DBCP. Legal experts said the case raised the issue of whether multinational companies should be held accountable in the country where they are based or the countries where they employ workers. The lawsuit named Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole Food Co., Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Standard Fruit Co., and Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. The Standard companies are now part of Dole. Also sued were Dow and Amvac Chemical Co., manufacturers of the pesticide. The lawsuit accused Dole of negligence and fraudulent concealment while using DBCP. It alleged the manufacturers knew it could leave workers sterile and concealed that information. In deciding the earlier actual damages, the jury said Dole would pay the bulk of the award. Dow was not liable for punitive damages because the judge granted the company's petition to apply Michigan law to the amount and types of damages earlier in the trial. Michael L. Brem, one of the attorneys for the Midland, Mich.-based company, said this would prevent punitive damages and cap any compensatory damages at $394,200 per plaintiff. During the trial, Dole was accused of improperly applying the pesticide in amounts far exceeding guidelines. The pesticide was used to kill microscopic worms at the roots of banana plants. McKnight said the pesticide was only applied once or twice a year and that the plants were doused with 56,000 gallons of water for more than an hour afterward. Dole and Dow's attorneys said the workers were not exposed to enough DBCP. The case is the first of five lawsuits involving at least 5,000 agricultural workers from Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama who claim they were left sterile after being exposed to the pesticide. Other growers and manufacturers are named as defendants in those cases.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Sr management out of touch with real world. No ethics. Got to watch your back all the time. Waste of energy."

Current Employee - Administrative says

"Poor management Toxic misguided leadership or no leadership"

Current Employee - Sanatation Worker says

"Working at dole is rough sometimes with the 30 degree weather but too top that the supervisors on 3rd shift are so rude too sum of the employees if u aren't acceptable in their click then ur 100 percent screwed watched them treat this one employee really bad and thee employee was such a good worker it was awful too see but I couldn't do anything or my job could be in jeopardy as well so I just hope something is done maybe hopefully she can keep going,and this be resolved"

Current Employee - QA Analyst says

"To cold and work on sundays"

Former Employee - Stacker says

"They do not care anything about their employees"

Forklift Operator/Material Handler/Production says

"only seasonal and only if you know some one!"

Accounting & Financial Analyst says

"The managers in the Fresh Vegetables division (berries). They don't how to manage the human resources. They don't give proper training and leave the employee alone."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Upper management doesn't have a clue how to run a department. Does not care about personal issues an employee has."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"A very cold place to work. Very low wages only gives twenty cent a year for a raise."

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"- Company expects brand name to carry it to success. - Management doesn't financially support the growth of the brand. - Most employees work here because it is in the location they want to live. - Very inefficient. - Reactionary vs. visionary company. - Focused on stuffing ourselves into a niche that hinders financial growth. - No leadership development resulting in some key leadership positions being filled with incompetent leaders - No true accountability or execution. - Uninspiring - California is beautiful but expensive, especially when we haven’t received a bonus for the past number of years in order to pay down company debt"

Product Handler (Current Employee) says

"If you don't have a family and work is life this is the job for you. Back breaking work for minimum pay. The management does not care about your well being and only care about getting product out.NoneEverything"

Packer (Former Employee) says

"Very strenuous eg lifting boxes of pineapples. Less than $10hr-not worth it. Non-stop repetitive movement leaves your body sore, daily. Hard time communicating there due to language barriers (mostly Filipino work here). 12hr work days and you're on your feet the entire time.Someday's you can get a free pineapple.Everyday your whole body is in pain."

Receiving Clerk (Former Employee) says

"this is a job i had in high school a lot of young staff working their management is okay some days you request off you may not be allowed to take due to being understaffed"

Shipping Consolidator/Forklift Driver (Former Employee) says

"don't treat their employees, like human beings, treat them like a bottom feeder no respect employers smoke weed but want to talk about safety, but be high on the forklifts which is a dangerous situation waiting to happen."

Laborer (Former Employee) says

"stacking boxes, packaging productsnot a good job to havemany co workers were lazyhard to get along with peoplemanagment sucks"

Worker (Former Employee) says

"Poorly managed top to bottom. Drug use is rampant and management knows it. 8 billion dollar company that pays its people a wage that's impossible to live on. If ur in with the bosses though u will do fine.Lots of free lunches for employees and managersEverything"

Forklift Operator (Current Employee) says

"Can't move up Everyone talk about one another It just a bad company to work for no raised make the same money every year I try to be a lead and they would give it someone else that ain't right for the job"

Government Internship (Former Employee) says

"I'ts fun to work here because I've learned different cultures from my different students came frim other countries. But the environment is not friendly."

Control de Calidad en Pomáceas (Former Employee) says

"El horario es de once horas sin contar los cuarenta y cinco minutos para cenar, sin contar los que se pierden en ir desde la planta al comedor y la fila. Esto deja muy poco tiempo para hacerse cargo de las responsabilidades en el hogar."

Encoder (Former Employee) says

"they isnt good when it comes in compensation, because of provencial rate wedge. but thats not a problem anyway atleast you will not get stress and hagard.nonenone"

SUMMER JOB (Former Employee) says

"I learned that it is hard to be a mayor.I learned to work on time.There's a time for ,there's a time to enjoy.The enjoyable is the mayor treat us on a fancy restaurant when we finished the contractExtra cashLong hours"

Production worker (Former Employee) says

"A typical day you would see tons of frozen fruit, you have to communicate well with your co-workers,the most enjoyable part is the quality of the job was well done in a fast pace job"

Dryer Operator (Former Employee) says

"Safety is number one key due to an accident at least one a month from someone shutting down a machine and not out a lockout on it and others not paying attention before turning on machine.as long as your on time from breaks and do your job well you won't have any issuesFree lunches time to timeBreaks not long enough"

Operador (Former Employee) says

"Buena empresa para la formación de las abilidades de las personas, lo que le faltaria es respetar mas la privacidad de las personas."

Inspector for Dole (Current Employee) says

"great environment, great staff. always on time prepared with work materialexercise between breaks"

Production Worker (Former Employee) says

"It was extremely cold, and depending on what part you work in you may get wet too. I caught pnemonia like that. It could be a very good place to work if you can handle that.They lied about the hours we would work and would send full time employee's home to work temps."

Employee (Former Employee) says

"Working at dole is nonstop work and The days are long and tiring also you end up getting only a few hours of sleep."

Packer (Current Employee) says

"very stressful fast paced environment, packaging salads into boxes and checking the salads to make sure they were good to be shipped out. Not enough hours I couldn't live off of such pay."

Empacadora (Former Employee) says

"Muy frio Y mucha ropa k usar y para mi me me gusto solo k eran temporadasSeguridadEs muy frio"

operario de produccion (Current Employee) says

"Una empresa promedio, no todas la áreas se manejan e igual pero hay unas con mejor organizaciónSi cuentaSi cuenta"

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