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Filipinos win settlement in English-only case

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, Sep 17, 2012

DELANO, Calif. » Dozens of Filipino hospital workers in Central California have won nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit claiming they were targeted by a rule requiring them to speak only English at work.

The settlement announced on Monday involves nearly 70 nurses and medical staff who accused the Delano Regional Medical Center of banning them from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while letting other workers speak in their native languages, including Spanish.

The complaint was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2010.

Hospital workers said they were told by hospital management in 2006 to speak only English while at the hospital, even on their breaks.

The workers allege they were targets of undue discipline, harassment and threats.

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loquaciousone wrote:
I hope I don't have an emergency in Delano. Can you imagine me asking a question in pidgin the doctor answering in Spanish and the nurse telling me to take my clothes off in Filipino?
on September 17,2012 | 11:42AM
Morimoto wrote:
Yep you probably wouldn't survive if that happened. It would however be fun to watch, kind of like a sick comedy. Better be prepared to use body language, LOL.
on September 17,2012 | 12:59PM
Grimbold wrote:
Terrible, when I was in the hospital I could only understand half of what these people were saying - their accents are atrocious!
on September 18,2012 | 06:29AM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 17,2012 | 02:38PM
ardee wrote:
You totally missed the point......it is evident in your reaction that speaking and comprehension are world's apart...
on September 17,2012 | 03:50PM
IAmSane wrote:
Oh, look, it's the racist old man again on one of his tirades.
on September 17,2012 | 05:39PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 17,2012 | 07:24PM
IAmSane wrote:
Заткнись, иди на хуй.
on September 17,2012 | 07:29PM
Grimbold wrote:
IAmSane, do you like the idea that we in our country have to learn the languages of immigrants instaed of vice versa? Your claimed sanity looks the opposite to me.
on September 18,2012 | 06:33AM
96706 wrote:
on September 18,2012 | 12:16PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Only in California
on September 17,2012 | 03:19PM
nomakeshame wrote:
It wouldn't have been an issue if the rule was enforced upon all the workers and not just the Filipinos. But visiting this country, its understandable, you would want to continue speaking the language of your homeland. However, when you make the decision to live in the United States, you make the decision to assimilate into the culture and traditions of the United States and that includes speaking the de facto language of the land. In Hawaii's case, it's pidgin. This will be a huge safety issue the moment one of these Filipinas mistakes a Mexican for their own and speaks Filipino while the person is dying. I know it happened to me, the nurse upon meeting me for the first time spoke Filipino to me, and I was like "what?!"
on September 18,2012 | 07:27AM
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