Liberia: US Department of state report finds that workplace discrimination persists despite legal prohibitions

Author: New Republic (Liberia), Published on: 1 July 2015

'Discrimination at work places', 1 Jul 2015: The US Department of State[‘s] latest Human Rights and Labor reports on Liberia have revealed that discrimination in work places is still taking place in the country despite it being a signatory to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Article 18 of the Liberian Constitution…prohibits discrimination, but…[t]he report said discrimination in employment…occurred with respect to gender, disability, and HIV-positive status. It also said apart from…economic discrimination based on cultural traditions, women also experienced discrimination in employment...“The Ministry of Labor’s…Inspection Department [which] enforced…health and safety standards…had approximately 25 inspectors throughout the country to investigate allegations of labor violations…In instances of breach[es]…fines were imposed on violators, but often these were an insufficient deterrent. Delinquent violators were not regularly sent to the labor court...”…“Informal sector workers…faced…often harsh, working conditions…that endanger health or safety...”...

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