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Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2012

A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Officials at Delano Regional Medical Center insisted they did nothing wrong and settled the lawsuit only because it made financial sense.