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Hospital settles with EEOC in largest language-discrimination case

Hospital settles with EEOC in largest language-discrimination case
September 19, 2012 Jon Schildt

Delano Regional Medical Center in California has agreed to pay nearly $1mm to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC.  The lawsuit was on behalf of Filipino hospital workers and claimed that management singled out their ethnicity when enforcing the hospital’s rule to speak only English while at work.  The medical center must also institute protocols and policies to prevent such discrimination from happening in the future.

Calculated Risk Advisors explains that it is important to have policies and procedures in place to prevent a single class of people from being singled out in an adverse action.  Age, ethnicity, gender and various additional characteristics are specifically protected by employment law.  A firm’s policies also needs to be supported by training, hotlines, and management support.  Contact us today to discuss how to better protect your firm from employment-related errors.