WASHINGTON – A study by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Awaj Foundation finds that women in the ready-made garment manufacturing sector in Bangladesh do not receive legally required benefits, including paid maternity leave.
Through interviews with workers and in-depth discussions with experts, the FLA found that female migrant workers in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand routinely face discrimination due to pregnancy laws designed to target them, or poor implementation of laws and regulations intended to protect them. Female migrant workers are especially at risk because they face three levels of discrimination: as a woman, as a pregnant person, and as a migrant worker.
Issues: FLA assessors discovered that pregnant women were working nine hours per day - more than the legal limit - during a 2005 factory visit. Additionally, the factory's on-site crèche, or daycare facility for children, was not functioning.
Issues: A 2007 factory visit revealed that women were being questioned about their pregnancy status when applying for a job at a factory producing caps for Forty Seven Brand and adidas Group. The factory employed 1,900 workers.