OC Company Boss To Asian Employee: You Can't Speak Vietnamese Even On Private Time

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Yet another gagged Asian man
A veteran Orange County lab assistant who claims that his boss banned him from speaking Vietnamese anytime on the job--even on breaks or at off-duty functions--has agreed to settle his employment discrimination lawsuit prior to a scheduled 2013 trial.

Hung Trinh filed a state lawsuit in April but lawyers for Quest Diagnostics Inc. of San Juan Capistrano got the matter transferred several blocks away to the Santa Ana courtroom of U.S. District Judge James V. Selna.

Trinh, who lives in Lake Elsinore, claims he injured his back on the job and suffered "constant harassment" because of his Asian race by supervisor Estela Comba.

"Plaintiff believes that Ms. Comba had a problem with Vietnamese employees and specifically with him," the lawsuit stated. "Ms. Comba would prohibit him and the other six Vietnamese employees to speak Vietnamese even when they were not on company time. Ms. Comba even prohibited the seven Vietnamese employees from speaking their language at potluck parties."

According to the lawsuit, Trinh's complaints to the company's Human Resources department resulted in an even "higher level of hostility" that culminated in him being fired for an alleged unexcused work absence on Nov. 1, 2011, even though he actually worked a shift that day.

"[The company's] conduct amounts to intolerable and discriminatory working conditions amounting to wrongful discharge," wrote Trinh lawyers Rex P. Sofonio and Maribel B. Ullrich of Irvine.

In court documents, Quest Diagnostics officials denied any wrongdoing but on Nov. 20 they filed a post-mediation, joint stipulation with Trinh to dismiss the matter before a jury could hear the case.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

In California, it is against the law for employers to discriminate based on a disability or race.

Though Orange County's Little Saigon is home to the world's largest and most vibrant enclave of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam, issues over language occasionally arise. 

As the Weekly's Matt Coker reported last month, William Leo McDougall, an 83-year-old resident of Laguna Woods, received a 16-year suspended prison sentence for killing Manh Ban Nguyen, his 94-year-old roommate, to stop him from singing Vietnamese songs

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22 comments
gtran
gtran

What the fuck is that Time magazine cover doing on this article. 

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@chubbaymoo Gracias for RT!

HiDonkey
HiDonkey

welcome to the diaspora of  9 to 5 politics.

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@FRamabama Gracias for RT!

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@wenneke Gracias for RT!

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@margotroosevelt Gracias for RT!

4444
4444

sad that they used a 1965 picture, look like he was a pow :/

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

BTW - calling me a racist is a fucking pathetic joke..my skin has become very thick and we all know who the racists are. It's not me - I've been born and raised here and forced to comply...I have tolerance. This place has turned to a shithole and anyone here from the 60's/70's/80's will reflect on how cool this place "USED TO BE" - it's another planet now..not for the better.

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

I thought the only racist were the current writers and king Racists Editor-N-Cheif...isn't that how you roll these days OC/TJ Weekly. One sided in white hate and anybody stopping or saying anything on the river of illegals. You are so cutting edge it scares me.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Sean: The Orange County Register called—they want their racist pendejo reader back.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

I'll bet 10 to 1 that Estela Comba is 'Hispanic', not the usual 'cracker' that OC Weaklings get such a frisson of moral rectitude from attacking.

 

 

Sean Henschel
Sean Henschel

I wish I could live one day in Orange County where I didn't have to hear the ghetto version of all languages..We don't get the Illegals with Masters..they go to other countries..we get the bottom of the barrel. I love living in the third world ghetto..thanks Jerry Brown and all you free loading Democrats

noyb
noyb

Seriously,that use of the Life magazine cover for this story is messed up.That man probably was killed.What if this story was about someone speaking Hebrew?Would you use a picture of a Jew  being tortured or about to be killed during the Holocaust?

Frank Marco Manzi
Frank Marco Manzi

Private Time is Private Time, who cares what You Speak, on Private Time, You Might Even speak Italian!

STEVEKNOWSBEST
STEVEKNOWSBEST

Sean, Your exactly right!! The day OC Weekly dies in print, so will it's online presence!!

STEVEKNOWSBEST
STEVEKNOWSBEST

Whoever is responding from behind their computer screen of the OC weekly is nothing but an idiot, even TMZ wouldnt hire your sloppy *ss!!

STEVEKNOWSBEST
STEVEKNOWSBEST

"Cracker" is a racist word! I'm white & I don't like it, any of it! This douchbag was terminated with cause, now he can crawl back under his rock with 62 1/3% of his settlement. the attornies can have their 33 1/3% & the OC Weekly can open their pockets for their poor coverage of this story.

johnrose7588
johnrose7588

@noyb can somebody get these cheep jews out of america? We need another holocaust?

gtran
gtran

@johnrose7588 "We need another holocaust?" You mean we need more massive killings of people? What the fuck is this shit

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