Harassment and Discrimination Issues in Latin America

Date(s) of Presentation
Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Program Description:

The laws regulating workplace discrimination and harassment are often quite different in Latin America as compared with other parts of the world.  The definition of what is and is not acceptable behavior varies greatly from country to country even within the region.  In addition, some countries provide for civil liability while in others, perpetrators can be held criminally liable.  If your company has operations in Latin America, you need to attend this webinar.  Our speakers hail from seven different countries across Latin America; they will highlight the similarities and differences among the various jurisdictions and offer practical tips on the following: 

  • On what basis is discrimination/harassment prohibited?
  • Who can be held liable for workplace discrimination/harassment? 
  • What kinds of penalties do employers face and what remedies are available to employees who successfully bring a claim?
  • What are the key issues that employers need to be aware of concerning both harassment and discrimination?
  • How do you balance and apply the laws of your home jurisdiction and corporate code of conduct with the local laws and culture?


  • Carmen Plaza de Jennings, Moderator; Partner and Head, Latin America Practice Group, Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Juan Carlos de la Vega, Partner, Santamarina y Steta, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Jessica Handal, Associate, Arias & Muñoz, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Anna Karina Jimenez, Senior Associate, Arias & Muñoz, Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • Vilma Toshi Kutomi, Partner, Demarest e Almeida Advogados, SãoPaulo, Brazil
  • Enrique M. Stille, Partner, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Liliana Tsuboyama, Associate, Estudio Luis Echecopar Garcia, Lima, Peru
  • M. Carolina Zuniga, Senior Associate, Estudio Juridico Otero, Santiago, Chile