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California Nurses Association Sues Sutter Health For Discriminatory Hiring Practices

August 24, 2010

Our Ontario employment attorneys have been following a recent article from the Los Angeles Times, reporting on a class action lawsuit filed by the California Nurses Association (CNA), accusing Sutter Health and their two San Francisco hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital, of discriminating against Filipino nurses in the company's hiring practices.

According to the article, Filipino activists from the Bay Area and the CNA officials strongly encouraged the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco to look into the discriminatory allegations, after three former hospital managers from California Pacific claimed that from 2007 to 2009, they were instructed by supervisors to not hire nurses who were Filipino. The CNA also showed records proving that the number of Filipino nurses decreased in 2008 from 65% to a mere 10%.

According to Lillian Galedo, a member of Filipino Advocates for Justice, the hiring discrimination both denied opportunities for Filipino nurses and punished Filipino nurses who were part of the union, and who took a stand against Sutter's plans for cutting important community services.

Sutter officials reportedly stated that CNA's claims did not have merit and were part of an ongoing three year negotiation between the two groups about contracts. Dr. Warren Browner, the chief executive of California Pacific, claims that they have diverse hiring practices based on promoting equal employment, and that although Sutter doesn't track the exact amount of Filipino nurses currently employed, St. Luke's has a slightly higher Asian nurse percentage today, at 66%--more than the percentage from a few years ago, which was 63%.

If you or someone you know in Orange County has experienced discriminatory hiring practices, our experienced team of Anaheim employment attorneys can help find a solution for your recovery. Call Howard Law, PC today, for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

California Nurses Assn. Files Complaint Alleging Discrimination Against Filipinos at Bay Area Hospital, The Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2010

California Nurses Group Files Discrimination Suit Against Sutter Health, California Healthline, August 24, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)