The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Peru's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have officially committed to working together, thus combatting employment discrimination, the EEOC announced.
In a ceremony at the Peruvian Embassy on Monday, EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic and Peruvian Ambassador to Washington D.C. Carlos Pareja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), creating a partnership between local consulates and EEOC field offices.
Under its terms, the EEOC
and the Peruvian Embassy will work together to regularly provide information —on workplace discrimination through joint educational sessions— to Peruvian nationals.
"Today, the United States, one of the newest civilizations in this hemisphere, and Peru, one of the oldest, team up to combat the scourge of bigotry and discrimination that has for too long damaged societies everywhere," said EEOC Acting Chair Lipnic.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the EEOC will engage with the Peruvian community in outreach and education, thus guiding employers and supervisors all over the country on their responsibilities under federal anti-discrimination laws.
It will help them know exactly what those laws are, and what they require in order to educate workers from communities that are especially vulnerable to discrimination.
"And, as always, we will —when necessary— take firm action to protect every worker in the United States —regardless of their national origin— against discrimination when they suffer it," she added.
"We are pleased to establish this partnership with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This agreement will allow Peruvian workers in the United States to know and defend their labor rights, according to U.S. laws against employment discrimination. The Embassy and the Peruvian consulates in the United States will join efforts with the EEOC to get maximum results," Ambassador Pareja expressed.
The agreement will establish an ongoing collaborative relationship between these two entities to provide Peruvian nationals with information, guidance, as well as access to education and training resources to help them exercise their workplace rights.
Based on information provided by the Peruvian Embassy in the U.S.