A hospital in California has agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit for $975,000, according to sources. The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, alleged that the Delano Regional Medical Center’s English-only language policy discriminated against the Filipino employees and harbored a hostile work environment.
Approximately 70 Filipino employees at the hospital claim they were taunted and threatened for speaking Tagalog or any other languages other than English. The U.S. District Court determined the policy to be in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“Under federal law, the EEOC takes the position that if it’s a draconian policy where you must speak English all the time, not exempting out down time or time on your own, that we believe is discriminatory,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC.
The hospital’s policy clearly discriminated against a specific group of employees. The policy made other employees believe it was ok to harass the Filipino employees. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have experienced anything similar on the job.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles national origin discrimination attorneys