DALLAS - The Dallas District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of Mexico on Aug. 26 in Dallas. The agreement creates a partnership between the EEOC and the consulate for the purpose of educating Mexican citizens working in the United States about their rights under federal anti-discrimination laws, regardless of documentation status. As part of the agreement, the EEOC will present educational events, provide Spanish-language informational materials and deliver training sessions to consulate staff about the EEOC and the laws it enforces.
"We are very pleased to work with the Consul General and his staff," said Janet V. Elizondo, director of the EEOC's Dallas District Office. "It is important that people working in the United States, whether U.S. citizens or citizens of another country, understand they are entitled to work in an environment free from illegal discrimination. This Memorandum of Understanding will help ensure this information is communicated to workers who may not be aware these rights exist."
Additionally, the EEOC will partner with the consulate to provide information and training to areas of Texas where migrant farm workers and other Mexican citizens live and work. The EEOC's Dallas District Office covers a geographical jurisdiction that includes north Texas, including the panhandle.
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 SEP. These policies can include disparate pay, job segregation, harassment, and human trafficking.
The EEOC enforces the nation's laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available at www.eeoc.gov.