EEOC, Philippines collaborate to assist Filipino nationals in U.S. workplaces

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines announced March 28 they have renewed the national memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows the two to work together to confront workplace discrimination.

"Filipinos and Americans share the crucial core values of freedom and fairness," EEOC acting chair Victoria A. Lipnic said in a statement.  "That's why the EEOC and the Philippine government are renewing this agreement to cooperate to fight employment discrimination and advance justice and opportunity for Filipinos in this country."

Lipnic and Philippine Ambassador José Manuel G. Romualdez signed the renewal at a ceremony at the Philippine Embassy. Under the terms of the MOU, the two entities will collaborate to provide Filipino nationals with information, guidance and access to education and training resources relating to their rights in the workplace in the United States.

"We value this partnership as a vital component of our efforts to assist the over 3.9 million Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States in protecting their rights and facilitating the creation of safer and fairer work environments,” Romualdez said in a statement. “The embassy looks forward to furthering our cooperation with the EEOC in ensuring that Filipino workers in the United States are treated fairly and accorded the rights due them under U.S. law."

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