Fairview Developmental Center Workers Sue Over Non-Spanish Policy

A group of employees at the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa has sued, claiming the state-run facility enforces a discriminatory policy that bars workers from speaking Spanish at any time during the workday.

 Six plaintiffs, who are food service and custodial workers, allege they risk being disciplined or fired if they speak their native language even if they’re only talking to other employees.  “The policy prohibits all use of Spanish during working hours, including meal periods and rest periods,” according to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court on June 18. Read more.