HAINES CITY (CBSMiami/AP) — Supervisors at a state-run clinic in central Florida reportedly warned seven Puerto Rican health care workers to stop speaking Spanish among themselves or they would get fired.
The women work at the Florida Health Department clinic in Haines City. A Monday statement from the community group La Mesa Boricua de Florida says the group filed a human resources complaint and wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Health.READ MORE: 'You Have Just Declared War On First Amendment In Florida': Sen. Shevrin Jones Blasts Gov. DeSantis For Signing 'Anti-Riot' Bill Into Law
The workers say the job required they be bilingual because of the Hispanic patients. Nurse Mairyli Miranda says she and her coworkers speak in English with non-Spanish-speaking patients and staff but choose their native language to talk to one another.READ MORE: Florida House Cruise Ship Bill Narrowed To Key West
The health department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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