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Baltimore Hospital Settles Suit with Pinay Nurses
A Baltimore hospital that fired its 4 Filipino nurses and hospital worker for speaking Tagalog has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to end the workers’ discrimination complaint.
“We’re almost one with it. We’ve signed the papers and it’s just a matter of paying us,” revealed Anna Rowena Rosales, one of 3 Filipino nurses (the 4th Filipino was part of the administrative staff) fired by the Bon Secours Hospital for speaking Tagalog during lunch breaks in 2010.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) decided last August that Bon Secours Hospital’s English-only regulations discriminated against Rosales, Corina Capunitan-Yap, Hachelle Natano and Jazziel Granada.
They accused the hospital management of singling them out because staff members belonging to other nationalities were not disciplined for speaking their own language.
Two years later, Rosales admitted to the Manila Mail that she still feels sad and slips in and out of depression over the ordeal they went through. “I feel different. Who would have thought that something like this would happen to us,” she said.
“But we have to move on. I have to take care of my family, not only here but also in the Philippines,” she declared.
She has since found a new job in a hospital in Sacramento, California. The change in environment may have helped speed the healing process and her recent purchase of new house there has helped too.
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