Filipinos at California Hospital File Lawsuit Due to Discrimination over English-Only Rule

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In this case, fifty-two Filipino nurses and other medical staff filed a lawsuit against their employer, Delano Regional Medical Center, claiming that the hospital banned them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages, even though they still allowed other employees to speak Spanish and Hindi. These workers are hoping to join a complaint filed in August in Kern County over the hospital enforcing a rule that requires their employees to speak English.

In 2006, Filipino workers were called to a meeting and told to speak only English and were also told that surveillance cameras would be installed, if needed, to monitor them. Since the meeting, Filipino workers said they were told on a regular basis to speak only English even on their break time.

Elnora Cayme, who worked for the hospital from 1980 to 2008, stated that, “I felt like people were always watching us, even when we spoke English … people would come and approach us and tell us, ‘English only.’ “According to the lawsuit filed by the EEOC, the hospital in California’s San Joaquin Valley has created a hostile environment for Filipinos to work in by singling them out for punishments and expecting other workers to report them. The workers in this case, are seeking that the English-only rule to be changed, and for staff to be trained on the new rule.

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