Filipino Americans Win Settlement in English-Only Discrimination Suit Against Delano Medical Center

69 nurses and other medical personnel will share a $1 million settlement of a discrimination suit against Delano Medical Center.  The Filipino workers were subject to an English only policy that banned the use of Tagalog and other Filipino languages even on breaks while others at the Medical Center were permitted to speak in their native languages, including Spanish.  In additional to the monetary penalty, the hospital agreed to create better protocols for handling discrimination complaints, to change the language policy to conform with the civil rights act, and to conduct anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all staff.

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