The hospital management of Delano Regional Medical Center prohibited Filipino staff from speaking Tagalog or other Filipino languages while allowing non-Filipino employees to speak other languages, such as Spanish, according to a national origin discrimination lawsuit filed against the acute care hospital by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on August 24, 2011.
KERO-TV in Bakersfield reported that the Commission alleges that hospital management “subjected Filipino staff to a hostile working environment by singling them out for reprimands in company meetings, threatening them with audio surveillance, and encouraging other staff to report on them.” The EEOC also contends that “the medical center’s directive created a hostile working environment with supervisors and other staff taunting and threatening the Filipino staff on a regular basis, creating tension between Filipino and non-Filipino employees,” according to KERO.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents national origin discrimination and harassment.
Melissa Barrios, local director of the EEOC’s Fresno Local Office, told KERO, “The EEOC enforces laws that protect against harassment based on one’s country of origin. The targeting of one group in this particular case for behavior that was condoned for other groups is simply deplorable.”
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