California Hospital Says English-Speaking Rule is Essential

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After being sued for allegedly banning employees from speaking Filipino languages, Delano (Calif.) Regional Medical Center is defending its English-only policy as essential to patient care, according to a Mercury News report.

DRMC officials said the plaintiffs' allegations, which included claims of Filipino language being banned on break hours, are baseless.

The 52 plaintiffs claim they were banned from speaking Tagalog and other Filipino languages while the hospital permitted employees to speak Spanish and Hindi. They seek to join a complaint, filed in August by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kern County, Calif., which accuses DRMC of creating a hostile work environment.

DRMC also said the financial demands of the lawsuit may jeopardize quality medical care in the community.

Read the Mercury News report on Delano Regional Medical Center's English-speaking rule.

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