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Where can you find out about labor rights?

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Labor rights information is available from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Department of State International Labor Affairs (ILA), Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board. Labor rights information and protections are provided both globally and nationally.

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The ILO is an agency of the United Nations with various member states that has set labor standards and policies and developed programs that represent and protect the interests of employees, employers and governments around the globe. The ILA encourages implementation of democratic goals related to international labor through provision of funding from the USA and efforts of staff in USA missions around the globe.

The DOL, the EEOC and NLRB all provide information and labor rights protections within the USA. The DOL enforces federal labor laws including laws related to wages and overtime pay, non-immigrant worker programs, workplace safety and worker’s compensation programs, employee benefit security programs and many others. The EEOC attempts to prevent discrimination in hiring and employee treatment based upon a person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information by providing education and investigating and enforcing related federal regulations. The NLRB protects the labor rights of employees through education and enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act.

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