Collaborative Partnership to Enforce, Protect and Educate Vulnerable Workers
NEWARK, N.J. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) New York and Philadelphia District Offices signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Consulate of Ecuador at a joint press conference in Newark today. The agreement, signed by EEOC District Directors Kevin Berry and Spencer H. Lewis Jr., with Ecuadorian Minister Consul General Jessica B. Escala Macafferi, officially establishes a two-year collaboration between these government entities to solidify their efforts to enforce, protect and educate all Ecuadorian nationals in the United States about their employment rights of in the workplace, regardless of immigration status.
"As we enter into another agreement to help vulnerable workers regardless of their immigration status, we're also accomplishing the enforcement of employment laws under one of the national priorities identified by the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan," said EEOC New York District Director Kevin Berry. "We look forward to working closely with the Consulate of Ecuador in eradicating discrimination for all workers."
EEOC Philadelphia District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. added, "We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with the Consulate which will help us provide ongoing education, outreach and service to this underserved community. Entering into this MOU helps further our mission to ensure equal employment opportunities for all workers."
The Consulate of Ecuador in Newark provides services to Ecuadorian nationals residing in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Further information is available at http://www.consuladoecuadornj.com/.
Eliminating discriminatory policies affecting vulnerable workers who may be unaware of their rights under equal employment laws, or reluctant or unable to exercise them is one of six national priorities identified by the agency's Strategic Enforcement Plan. These policies can include disparate pay, job segregation, harassment and human trafficking.
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. Further information is available at www.eeoc.gov.