Pregnancy discrimination in Latin America: the exclusion of "employment discrimination" from the definition of "labor laws" in the Central American Free Trade Agreement

Author: Emily Miyamoto Faber, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law [USA], Published on: 1 January 2007

This Article will focus principally on the labor provisions in NAFTA and CAFTA...In relation to labor protections, pregnancy discrimination is an issue of growing importance in U.S.-Latin America FTAs. Pregnancy discrimination is considered a form of sex discrimination, as it is based on a condition unique to women...The growth of women in the workforce...makes this issue especially salient for U.S.-Latin America FTAs. This Article considers the exclusion of "employment discrimination" from the definition of "labor laws" in the Central America Free Trade Agreement and proposes measures that seek to adequately protect women from pregnancy discrimination.

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