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Agreement reached to inform immigrants on fair pay

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Consulate of Mexico are signing an agreement to provide training and resources for immigrant workers in Iowa and Nebraska. The goal is to inform workers of their rights to be paid fairly under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal wage laws.

A formal signing ceremony on Thursday will establish the agreement under which regional labor officials and the consulate's office based in Omaha will develop ways of communicating information to workers and employers.

The agreement will be signed in Des Moines by Michael Staebell, Wage and Hour Division district director for the Labor Department in Des Moines and Jorge Ernesto Espejel Montes, Consul of Mexico based in Omaha.

Staebell says immigrant workers often do not know their legal rights.