Brand & Martínez for September 19, 2012

Filipino nurses win landmark language discrimination settlement

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Dr. Jason Greenspan (L) and emergency room nurse Junizar Manansala care for a patient in the ER of Mission Community Hospital.

Earlier this week, a group of Filipino-American nurses won a $975,000 settlement against a Central California hospital, according to the LA Times.

It's the largest language discrimination settlement ever in the health care industry.

The nurses accused the Delano Regional Medical Center, located in the San Joaquin Valley, of mocking their accents and implementing an English-only policy that specifically targeted them.

The hospital denies any wrongdoing, but has agreed to conduct staff training on diversity.


Anna Park, a lawyer with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Elnora Cayme, one of the nurses in the suit

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