Language discrimination

Poverty and Public Health
9:48 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Group Alleges New Mexico Agency Discriminates Against Non-English Speakers

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The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty alleges the state's Department of Workforce Solutions — the entity responsible for unemployment benefits — is violating federal civil rights laws by discriminating against non-English speakers.

Approximately 63,000 people are currently unemployed in New Mexico. It's also estimated that nearly a third of New Mexicans speak a language other than English in the home, and that's part of the problem.

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