Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pride and Progress on Workplace Inclusion

We at the Labor Department are proud to share what we’re doing to advance LGBT equality in the workplace and around the world. Equality in the workplace is becoming the law of the land in many countries, and in particular, those in Latin America.

“Outside of the North Atlantic, no region in the world has undergone more progress in expanding LGBT legal rights than Latin America,” said a 2015 USAID and University of North Carolina report.

In 1999, just five Latin American countries − Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela had anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT workers on the books. Today, at least 16 countries − those five plus Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay − have some type of law banning discrimination against their LGBT citizens. Even so, not all members of the LGBT community benefit from the same protections.

Read the full U.S. Department of Labor story here.

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