Federal Agency and Consulate Will Work Together to Assist Mexican Workers in Understanding Employment Rights
SEATTLE -- The San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consul of Mexico in Seattle today. The agreement establishes a partnership between the agency and the consulate which will provide information to Mexican citizens working in the United States about their rights under federal laws that protect workers in this country from discrimination, regardless of documentation status.
Mexican Consul Eduardo Baca Cuenca and Michael Baldonado, director of the EEOC's San Francisco District Office, signed the agreement. Under its terms, the EEOC and the Mexican consulate will work together to regularly provide information regarding workplace discrimination and harassment through joint educational sessions to workers throughout their respective jurisdictions. They will distribute Spanish-language materials explaining the laws enforced by the EEOC, and conduct training to consulate staff about the EEOCand the laws it enforces.
"Protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers, who may be unaware of their rights under equal employment laws, is one of six national priorities identified by the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan," said Baldonado. "We are honored to work together with the Consulate of Mexico to advance everyone's rights against discrimination."
The Mexican Consulate in Seattle provides services to Mexican nationals residing in Western Idaho and Washington State. Further information is available at http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/seattle/index.php/home
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. EEOC's San Francisco District Office has jurisdiction over the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, northern California and northern Nevada. Further information is available at www.eeoc.gov.