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What is the Human Rights Commission?

The Human Rights Commission is comprised of eleven citizens appointed by the governor to conduct hearings involving discrimination complaints. The eleven members volunteer their services and are not employees of the state. A commission hearing may be conducted by a single hearing officer or a three-member panel. The final decision in every case is made by a three-member panel either on cases the panel has heard or recommendations from the hearing officer.

I was bypassed for a major promotion because I am pregnant. Is this legal?

No. The law is very specific when it comes to pregnancy discrimination. The primary agency that administers federal law on pregnancy discrimination is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which can be reached at 1-800-669-4000. Contact EEOC to speak to a counselor about your legal rights. You may also contact the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau who cover employers with four or more employees and can be reached at 1-800-566-9471 or through the DWS website. Your employer cannot take away credit for previous work years or seniority because you go on maternity leave.

What hours can youth work?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14. Hours worked by 14- and 15-year-olds are limited to:

  • Non-school hours;
  • 3 hours in a school day;
  • 18 hours in a school week;
  • 8 hours on a non-school day;
  • 40 hours on a non-school week; and
  • Hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m.)

Youth 14 and 15 years old enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may be employed for up to 23 hours in school weeks and 3 hours on school days (including during school hours).
The FLSA does not limit the number of hours or times of day for workers 16 years and older.

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