Date: Thu, 19 Jun 97 11:29:53 CDT
From: (Rich Winkel)
Subject: Sex Discrimination in Mexican Maquiladora
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** Topic: Discrimination in Mexican Maquiladoro **
** Written 6:31 PM Jun 18, 1997 by mstein in cdp:headlines **

Sex Discrimination in Mexican Maquiladora

By Jagdish Parikh, Human Rights Watch. 18 June, 1997

We would appreciate if you can link / announce following Action Alert web page urging U.S. companies to stop Sex Discrimination in Mexican Maquiladoras.


Web pages linked to this action alert may serve as a useful resources for all interested on issues concerning sex discrimination.

I'm enclosing a brief background of this campaign at the end of this message.

Thanking you in advance for your time and support,

With regards,
Jagdish Parikh [Email:]
(On-line Research Associate)
Human Rights Watch, New York
485 Fifth Avenue, NY - 10017-6104
Tel: 1-212-972-8400 Ext:240, Fax: 1-212-972-0905
HRW on the Web:

Brief Background:

In export processing zones, or maquiladoras, along the Mexico-U.S. border, major U.S. companies including Zenith, Johnson Controls and Carlisle Plastics, are forcing women workers to undergo pregnancy testing as a condition of employment. Potential female employees are compelled to take urine tests and answer invasive questions on applications and interviews about their pregnancy status, sexual activity, use of birth control, and menstrual cycles. Those who are pregnant are not hired. Those who become pregnant once they have been hired are sometimes forced to resign, or are subjected to abusive and discriminatory treatment.