New Jersey nursing home director accused of discriminating non-Filipino workers

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New Jersey nursing home director accused of favoring Filipinos
New Jersey nursing home director accused of favoring Filipinos over other workers. (Photo from Bergen Record)

Four nurses filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Bergen County-owned nursing home director who allegedly favored Filipinos over other workers, causing the complainants to “fear for their jobs,” Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Nurses Carmen Mabille, Maureen Beech, Rita Blaser, and Barbara Masten accused Bergen County Health Care Center Director Violetta Arcilla of discrimination against non-Filipino nurses.

According to NorthJersey.com reports, Arciall allegedly forced out non-Filipino workers, docked pay, wielded discipline unfairly, and offered better schedules to Filipino nurses. Arcilla has been serving the 100-bed Rockleigh home in New Jersey since 2015.

Blaser said she experienced retaliation when she filed a complaint about the alleged discrimination. She also said she was  “involuntarily pushed out of her job” at the home in January, the suit says.

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According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, there are 92,277 nurses who left the Philippines in search of opportunities abroad from 2012 to 2017.

A Pinoy nurse in the U.S. can earn an average of P170,960 ($3,301) per year, PayScale reported. It is 95% higher from what they get here in the Philippines.

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