Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging violations of California’s Equal Pay Act and Unfair Competition laws.  The lawsuit dates back to September 2017 when three former Google employees filed a class action litigation accusing the tech giant of systematic discrimination based on sex. Specifically, the suit alleges that women in the same job position (i.e., same job title performing substantially equal or similar work) were paid less than their male counterparts, citing a wage gap of around $17,000.

Lori Taylor, Founder and CEO of The Produce Moms, joins Voices of the Valley this week to talk about how she uses her multimedia platform to pull back the veil for the general public about the process of produce farming.

"Our mission is to simple: To get more fruits and vegetables on every table," she says. "We want fruits and vegetables to be the number one thing people think of when they write their grocery list."

Ann Donahue

The University of Arizona Food Safety Consortium’s annual 2022 Food Safety Conference honored and dedicated this year’s conference to the late Hank Giclas, former Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology at Western Growers.

Hank’s wife Kathleen, father Henry L. Giclas Jr. and brother Patric Giclas were in attendance during the award ceremony.

Hank served the Western fresh produce industry in various capacities with Western Growers for more than three decades, from 1990 until he retired in 2020.

Michelle Rivera

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology hosted its October “Lunch and Learn” with Jason Sedano, Vice President of Innovation for Taylor Farms.

More than 15 startups attended the event, where Sedano spoke to the attendees about the process of large farming operations, evaluating new technologies and working with innovators. At Taylor Farms, Sedano worked on identifying subject matter experts across divisions and knows who to have evaluate different technologies internally.

Michelle Rivera


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