US awards $1.3M to help implement Mexico’s labor law reforms

mrxMexico’s Federal Labor Law Reform of 2012 protects workers from various forms of discrimination: female workers fired or never hired for being pregnant; LGBT workers retaliated against for their sexual orientation; and men and women sexually harassed in the workplace.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced the award of a $1,389,000 cooperative agreement to the human rights group, Heartland Alliance International to help the Mexican government implement the 2012 labor law reforms on discrimination, focusing on sexual orientation- and gender-based discrimination, and including sexual harassment and forced pregnancy testing.

“Protecting workers’ rights, including those of women and LGBT workers, is a moral and economic imperative and requires a global effort,” said Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs Carol Pier.

Since 1995, ILAB has provided technical assistance to countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement or a trade preference program. ILAB’s Office of Trade and Labor Affairs oversees more than $75 million in grants to more than 70 countries.

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