Judge rules in favor of Pinay nurse fired for speaking Filipino at Baltimore hospital

Administrative Judge Stuart Breslow of the Maryland Department of Labor awarded one of the four Filipino employees fired for speaking Filipino at a Baltimore hospital, nurse Corina Yap, with unemployment benefits, reversing a previous order that withheld her benefits, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

Breslow said in his ruling that no patient was put in danger when the employees spoke their native language during their break, which the four claimed to have done so. The judge added that any of the nurses’ lapses were accidental.

Yap and her co-workers at the Bon Secours Hospital in Virginia--nurses Anna Rosales and Hachelle Natano, and secretary Jazziel Granada--were fired in April for allegedly speaking Filipino while on duty at the emergency room of the hospital. "Many hospitals, especially those with foreign medical staff, implement the [English-only] rule in trauma facilities because it’s critical everyone understand each other as they respond to life-and-death situations," reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

The four, however, claimed they spoke Filipino only during their break. They filed a discrimination complaint before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June. Their lawyer, Atty. Arnedo Valera, told ABS-CBNNews.com that Breslow’s ruling could help in the discrimination complaint.

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