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Immigrant discrimination lecture

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Maria Flores is a Milwaukee-based program analyst for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Maria Flores is a Milwaukee-based program analyst for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

An official from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will present Sept. 23 about national-origin discrimination and other discrimination issues facing immigrant and migrant workers. 

Maria Flores, a Milwaukee-based EEOC program analyst for the six-state area, will present 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facilty.

Her presentation, which is titled "National Origin & Immigrant Worker Discrimination Issues," will be preceded at 6 p.m. by hors d'oeuvre and followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion.

Her presentation is part of an outreach campaign tied to EEOC's national Strategic Enforcement Plan. Flores will welcome workers, employers, students, and faculty, as well as people from unions, service groups and faith-based groups.

Flores said she will speak in "plain English" and use real stories and real cases to discuss issues such as accent discrimination, failure to accommodate religious expression and workplace harassment.   

Workers should attend so they know if their rights are being violated and employers should attend so they know how to avoid trouble, Flores said.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on national origin. In practice that has included discrimination based on a person's looks, customs, language and association with people of a national-origin group.

Parking is free on the street adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Flores' presentation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in in Minnesota, Office of the Provost, School of Public Affairs and College of Liberal Arts.

St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. 

For more information, contact Ellyn Bartges, Office of Equity & Affirmative Action, 102 Administrative Services Building, at 320-308-5123.

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