William R. Tamayo pullquote

“Sexual violence doesn’t happen unless there’s an imbalance of power.”

— William R. Tamayo

William R. Tamayo, a regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says that he became aware of sexual harassment in the agricultural industry in the mid-1990s when farmworker advocates told him that women reported being raped at work and that they talked about working in the fils de calzón, or the “fields of panties."

Credit: Zachary Stauffer/Investigative Reporting Program