The California Nurses Association (CNA) is bringing a class-action lawsuit against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Health, CPMC's overseeing company, for intentionally engaging in hiring discrimination against Filipina nurses. Three medical center employees submitted statements to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission claiming that between 2007 and 2009, they were instructed not to hire Filipino nurses at CPMC's St. Luke's campus, stated the LA Times . According to the San Francisco Chronicle , the registered nurses union at the hospital reported that the percentage of Filipino nurses hired at the facility dropped from at least 48 percent to 10 percent between 2007 and 2008.
In response to CNA's suit, Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of CPMC, told the LA Times, "we pride ourselves on our diverse hiring policies and our longstanding commitment to promoting equal opportunity employment." He also called the lawsuit "dishonest and without merit." The hospital does not keep a record of how many Filipino nurses there are, but Browner claims that the percentage of Asian nurses at CPMC rose slightly from 63 percent in 2007 to 66 percent in 2010.
According to a press release, more than two dozen Filipinos and community leaders wrote a letter to CPMC requesting a meeting with Warren Browner and Sutter West Bay Vice President of Nursing, Diana Karner. The coalition also wants the hospital to publicly acknowledge the alleged discriminatory acts and promise to remain dedicated to equal opportunity.
"Rather than respond to the concerns of the community, CPMC and Sutter have chosen instead to retaliate by carrying out a punitive, illegal, and immoral campaign of discrimination," said CNA's co-president, Nurse Zenei Cortez in the press release. "There can be no excuse for racial or ethnic discrimination. A hospital should be a center of therapeutic healing for patients, not a model of bigotry." The nurses' union at the hospital has been involved in a contract dispute with Sutter Health for three years.
Media Resources: LA Times 8/19/10; San Francisco Chronicle 8/20/10; California Nurses Association Press Release 8/19/10
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .