my latest article for POC.
Four Filipino nurses were recently fired by a hospital in New York for speaking Tagalog while at work.
Corina Capunitan Yap, Anna Rowena Rosales, Hachelle Natano and Jazziel Granada filed a discrimination complaint against Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, claiming that their employer terminated them without due process and dismissed them solely for “speaking in their native tongue.” In response, their employer invoked the hospital’s English-only rule requiring employees to speak and write exclusively in English while on duty in the emergency department.
Atty. Arnedo Valera, legal counsel of the nurses, has questioned the termination and asked the United States EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunities Commission) to investigate if the hospital’s English-only rule violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a US federal law that protects individuals from discrimination based on race, origin or social standing. “Should the EEOC find probable cause in the nurses’ complaint,” Valera explains, “the EEOC will issue a right to sue, after which they will file a case against Bon Secours Baltimore Health System before the district court and seek punitive damages of up to $500,000 for all four nurses.” The case of the nurses, now more popularly known as the Bon Secours 4, is still being deliberated as of press time.
The Bon Secours 4’s plight, unfortunately, comes after a string of complaints of similar unfair treatment and abuse suffered by Filipino nurses abroad, particularly in the US.
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