Friday, Dear Ol’ Prez signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico that protects the rights of Mexican workers, including illegal immigrant workers. Not only does it confirm the understanding that these workers can basically keep the pay they’ve earned while not having legal permission to be here to work but that they are protected under several major rights laws.
Add to that the fact that they have these rights and accompanying protections, they will be granted education and training resources to ensure they know these rights. The cost, of course, is on the American taxpayer and on those who earned the right to live and work here.
The rights laws highlighted in this agreement were Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008.
The document was signed in a ceremony by both the Mexican ambassador and by EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien on her last day of service in the post on the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
EEOC General Counsel David Lopez expounded,
“Today we memorialize a relationship to help ensure this historic act and other anti-discrimination laws we enforce apply to all workers who live and work in this country.
“This redoubles our efforts to ensure even the most vulnerable workers are protected by the laws – even those who live and work in the shadows.”
Effective for three years, the MOU will enforce the workers’ access to resources on the law, their rights, procedures to file complaints, and to ensure the employers are reminded they must not discriminate.
The EEOC acknowledges that employers are forbidden by federal law to hire an illegal worker, but the EEOC says no documentation or documented “proof” is required.