Last week, 12 Hispanic custodians employed by the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver claimed they were victims of discrimination because they could not read instructions at work that were written in English (video below).
According to CBS Denver, the custodians filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the Auraria Higher Education Center.
The center provides custodial services for Metro State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.
Bertha Ribota blames a warning sign written in English for a work-related injury.
“Too many things have happened to me there that I don’t even know how to explain it,” said Ribota. “If I could speak English I wouldn’t have the problems that exist.”
However, Ribota did not say why she has chosen not to learn English in a country and state that predominantly speaks English.
The complaint accuses the Auraria Higher Education Center of intentionally leaving Hispanic employees (who choose to only speak Spanish) out of the loop regarding employment safety and schedules.
“It’s not our goal to provide every document translated or every conversation translated. Our employees are expected to interact with members of the public and that interaction we expect them to be able to understand English,” said Auraria Higher Education Center spokesman Blaine Nickeson.
Source: CBS Denver