inothernews:

latimes:

Filipino nurses settle language-bias case: The $975,000 secured in a dispute with Delano Regional Medical Center is believed to be the largest such settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry.

During a 2006 mandatory meeting for Filipino staffers, nurses were told they were forbidden from using their native language at “any time in the hospital,” said Wilma Lamug, a former 10-year employee.
She said the hospital’s former chief executive vowed that “he would install surveillance cameras in nursing stations. Whoever is caught, they were threatened with suspension or termination,” Lamug said. “Sometimes, we were speaking English, but due to our accent and diction, they thought we were speaking something else.”
Although the hospital, near Bakersfield, employed a mix of bilingual employees speaking Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and other languages, managers targeted only the Filipinos and encouraged supervisors and other staffers to “act as vigilantes.”

Photo: Nurse Wilma Lamug is overcome with emotion as she recounts the discrimination she and other Filipino nurses experienced while working at the Delano Regional Medical Center in Delano, Calif. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

I mean, what a fucking reprehensible workplace policy this hospital tried to put in place.
My mother was a nurse at a New York City hospital for more than 30 years.  She’s a Filipino-American, and so were most of her colleagues.  But they were also Haitians and Haitian-Americans, Indians and Indian-Americans, and more.  And they would banter in their native tongues and dialects, unabashed and unitimidated.  No harm, no foul.  
What language a medical staff speaks doesn’t affect the quality of care.  Patient records are — at least! — going to be in English.  Signage too.  And medical forms and prescriptions and instructions for how to use medical equipment and even announcements over PA systems.  And never mind that most Filipinos and Fil-Ams SPEAK English — how exactly did the hospital try and justify their racist, ethnocentric moves?  In CALIFORNIA, no less — home to the largest Fil-Am population in all of the United States???!!!
Fuck these racist assholes.

inothernews:

latimes:

Filipino nurses settle language-bias case: The $975,000 secured in a dispute with Delano Regional Medical Center is believed to be the largest such settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry.

During a 2006 mandatory meeting for Filipino staffers, nurses were told they were forbidden from using their native language at “any time in the hospital,” said Wilma Lamug, a former 10-year employee.

She said the hospital’s former chief executive vowed that “he would install surveillance cameras in nursing stations. Whoever is caught, they were threatened with suspension or termination,” Lamug said. “Sometimes, we were speaking English, but due to our accent and diction, they thought we were speaking something else.”

Although the hospital, near Bakersfield, employed a mix of bilingual employees speaking Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and other languages, managers targeted only the Filipinos and encouraged supervisors and other staffers to “act as vigilantes.”

Photo: Nurse Wilma Lamug is overcome with emotion as she recounts the discrimination she and other Filipino nurses experienced while working at the Delano Regional Medical Center in Delano, Calif. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

I mean, what a fucking reprehensible workplace policy this hospital tried to put in place.

My mother was a nurse at a New York City hospital for more than 30 years.  She’s a Filipino-American, and so were most of her colleagues.  But they were also Haitians and Haitian-Americans, Indians and Indian-Americans, and more.  And they would banter in their native tongues and dialects, unabashed and unitimidated.  No harm, no foul.  

What language a medical staff speaks doesn’t affect the quality of care.  Patient records are — at least! — going to be in English.  Signage too.  And medical forms and prescriptions and instructions for how to use medical equipment and even announcements over PA systems.  And never mind that most Filipinos and Fil-Ams SPEAK English — how exactly did the hospital try and justify their racist, ethnocentric moves?  In CALIFORNIA, no less — home to the largest Fil-Am population in all of the United States???!!!

Fuck these racist assholes.

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