Mee Memorial Hospital officials have reached an agreement with the federal government to provide language assistance to speakers with limited English abilities, including speakers of indigenous Mexican languages.

The agreement resolves three separate complaints filed in 2012 on behalf of three Triqui speakers, who claimed in their complaints they had been discriminated against by the hospital because they were not provided with adequate access to translation services.

The agreement is not an admission of wrongdoing, but it stops the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lawyers with California Rural Legal Assistance filed a complaint on behalf of Agustina Montesino, who was a patient at Mee Memorial’s clinics for more than 10 years but had never been provided an interpreter in her language. More.

See: Monterey Herald

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