Politics & Policy

Feds Spend Over a Million Dollars to Support Anti-Discrimination Laws — in Mexico

A Mexican industry under new scrutiny. (Alfredo Ragazzoni/Dreamstime)
Our neighbors to the south get a boost in discouraging gender and sexual-orientation discrimination.

The United States Department of Labor has given more than a million dollars to toughen gender and sexual orientation anti-discrimination laws — in Mexico.

The $1.4 million in federal funds will go towards helping enforce the strengthened version of Mexico’s Federal Labor Law Reform of 2012, according to a release on the DOL’s official website. 

“Countries like Mexico are making welcome progress in reforming laws to better protect workers from discrimination and harassment based on gender or sexual orientation,” said Carol Pier, deputy undersecretary of labor for international affairs, according to the release.

“This project will support the Mexican government’s efforts to more effectively enforce such non-discrimination provisions of the Mexican Federal Labor Law Reform of 2012,” she continued.

The money will be spent on initiatives including discrimination “inspections” and training the “labor inspectors” who will be responsible for sniffing out discrimination. 

Other projects include creating a discrimination-tracking “electronic module” and developing “public awareness campaigns.” 

Applications for the money are due November 7, and the money will be awarded December 31. 

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.

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