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Jamaica: Employers Could Face Sanctions for HIV-Related Discrimination

October 24, 2013

This article was reported by Jamaica Information Service.

At a breakfast meeting co-sponsored by the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) and Jamaica's Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kellier announced a forthcoming Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) bill that will establish sanctions for any employer who restricted a person's right to work based on HIV status. Sanctions for offenses would include fines or imprisonment. The bill, which Kellier expected the legislature to pass in April 2014, focuses on protecting workers' rights in the workplace, emphasizing HIV education and prevention, establishing workplace HIV policies, and reducing stigma and discrimination. The meeting aimed to increase awareness of HIV occupational and safety issues among corporate leaders.

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