Forced to Translate

BENTON, Ill. – A federal court in Illinois ruled that a former corrections officer may pursue race discrimination claims against a county. The man says he was directed to serve as a Spanish translator, while working as a corrections officer, without receiving extra pay and was subjected to racial slurs from colleagues because he refused to continue acting as a translator.

The man was concerned that he might incorrectly translate during medical screenings and judicial proceedings, because there are many Spanish dialects.

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