Nov. 15, 2013

EEOC Meeting Highlights Challenges to Title VII National Origin Enforcement

Growing Immigrant and Ethnic Populations Require Nuanced Approaches to Enforcement of Anti-Discrimination Laws, Panel of Experts Tells Commission

WASHINGTON- The diversity, size and cultural individuality of different ethnic and immigrant groups present challenges to compliance with and enforcement of the nation's anti-discrimination in employment laws, a panel of experts told members of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a public meeting held today. The panelists represented diverse stakeholders, including EEOC employees, representatives of major ethnic advocacy groups and management-side attorneys. Panelists included Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of the National Employment Law Project, who provided testimony to the Commission.

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FILED UNDER: Discrimination | EEOC

Jul. 8, 2013

Department of Justice Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with NLRB

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations Board, formalizing a collaborative relationship that allows both agencies to share information, refer matters to each other and coordinate investigations as appropriate.  OSC is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits citizenship status and national origin discrimination in hiring, firing and recruitment or referral for a fee, as well as discriminatory Form I-9 and E-Verify practices.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, which protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.

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FILED UNDER: Discrimination | I-9/Employer Audits | NLRB

Sep. 21, 2012

Filipino Nurses Prevail in One of Largest Language Discrimination Cases in Healthcare Industry

Congratulations to APALC and the EEOC!

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC), an acute care hospital in California's San Joaquin Valley, will pay $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) on behalf of a class of approximately 70 Filipino-American hospital workers. The settlement, announced today, resolves the EEOC's and APALC's charges that the workers endured ongoing harassment and discrimination due to their national origin, stemming from the top levels of hospital management. 

Since at least 2006, the Filipino-American hospital workers, mostly nursing staff, alleged that they were the targets of harassing comments, undue scrutiny and discipline particularly when speaking with a Filipino accent or in Filipino languages like Tagalog or Ilocano. Supervisors, staff, and even volunteers were allegedly encouraged to act as vigilantes, constantly berating and reprimanding Filipino-American employees for nearly six years. According to the EEOC, staff constantly made fun of their accents, ordering them to speak English even when they were already speaking in English. Some Filipino-American workers endured humiliating threats of arrest if they did not speak English and were told to go back to the Philippines. In a particularly offensive incident, an employee sprayed air freshener on a claimant's lunch due to the offender's self-professed hatred of Filipino food.  

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FILED UNDER: Discrimination | EEOC | Immigrant Workers | News

Mar. 26, 2012 | Posted by: Eunice Cho

Undocumented Immigrant Worker Loses Challenge Against Bank of America

Undocumented Immigrant Worker Loses Challenge Against Bank of America

As the Sacramento Bee aptly puts it, "Do you want your banker acting like an immigration agent?" Last Thursday, Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California dismissed a complaint brought by Luis Martinez-Rodriguez, a Sacramento gardener, homeowner, and father of U.S. citizens who had three accounts and a morthgage with the Bank of America. Martinez's nightmare began when a Bank of America agent called him into the bank for a meeting, and reported him to Yuba County authorities for identity theft. County authorities turned him over to ICE, who then began removal proceedings.

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FILED UNDER: DHS/USCIS | Discrimination | Immigrant Workers | Immigration | Litigation