The grant was awarded to Stop Employment Discrimination Project of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), a nonprofit organization in Weslaco.
TRLA plans to use the grant to educate employers and employees on the laws governing hiring, recruiting and discharging individuals based on their work authorization and U.S. citizenship. The nonprofit also plans to educate employers on laws prohibiting retaliation against workers who file discrimination charges. It will also emphasize the Immigration Nationality Act, which prevents employers from requiring documents other than the minimum needed to verify employment eligibility.
TRLA’s educational campaign is expected to extend through 68 counties, covering the entire Texas/Mexico border, including rural communities in southern, western and central Texas and the cities of El Paso, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Austin.
According to Hinojosa, “This educational service will help so many people in our state understand the legal rights of those seeking employment and for those who employ them.”