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Labour - Mexico: "They First Asked if I Was Pregnant"

Author: Emilio Godoy, Inter Press Service, Published on: 5 March 2009

When Paulina was interviewed for a job at a local Wal-Mart in the Mexican capital, the first thing she was asked was whether she was pregnant – a question she did not know at the time was illegal...Paulina’s case is an illustration of the persistence of discriminatory practices that violate the labour rights of women in Mexico...Valeria Scorza, director of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Project (PRODESC), pointed out to IPS that domestic workers, maquila (export assembly factory) workers, miners and rural labourers face the worst labour rights abuses, to which women are especially vulnerable. [articles includes comments by Wal-Mart]

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Related companies: Walmart