Trade Pact Complaint Charges Gender Bias in Seasonal Visas (1)

March 23, 2021, 6:36 PM; Updated: March 23, 2021, 8:35 PM

Seasonal guestworker visa programs discriminate against migrant women, using biased recruitment and hiring practices that funnel them into lower-paying and less desirable work, according to a complaint lodged against the U.S under its trilateral treaty with Canada and Mexico.

The complaint, made public Tuesday by the lawyers who filed it, accuses the U.S. government of violating the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by failing to enforce federal labor laws prohibiting sex-based discrimination in the H-2A and H-2B seasonal worker programs. The USMCA took effect on July 1, 2020.

It’s the first complaint to file sex discrimination charges under the trade pact,...

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