Janitors Claim Discrimination Due to Lack of Spanish Translations

Photo Credit: Daily Caller A group of Spanish-speaking custodial workers in Colorado have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver discriminated against them by failing to provide Spanish translations.

The complaint, filed last week by a dozen custodial workers, contends that the employees suffered unfair working conditions because the AHEC failed to provide Spanish translations of policies and procedures.

“Other higher education facilities including CU and UNC provide information to their custodial employees in a number of different languages,” Tim Markham, attorney for Colorado WINS, the union representing the workers, said in a statement. “We’ve been discussing this with Auraria for a year with no movement on their part, and this is the final step.”

AHEC vice president Blaine Nickeson told The Daily Caller that AHEC — the state agency which oversees the operations of the campus for Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver — has not yet seen the complaint but is aware of it from news reports.

“We’re not aware of any state statue that requires translation into a native language or any state policy that requires it either,” Nickeson said.

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