Skip to comments.New AZ law: Firms have no legal duty to have translators
Posted on 05/17/2010 11:01:27 AM PDT by Nachum
PHOENIX - A Glendale optometrist's yearlong legal fight over what services he had to provide for a Spanish-speaking customer has translated into new protections for other businesses.
Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation affirming that nothing in state law requires businesses to provide "trained and competent" interpreters when a customer comes in speaking a language other than English.
Assistant Attorney General Michael Walker said that has probably always been the law. But that didn't save John Schrolucke from having to spend time and money defending himself and his practice before Walker's office finally dismissed the case.
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the moonbats will be apoplectic
The woman was looking for an easy ride to riches with this asinine lawsuit. I hope she gets hit with a reverse lawsuit and is forced to pay the legal bills of the winning party!!!
I’m starting to get itchy feet...
So the wench shows up in a foreign country and starts bringing lawsuits against doctors because she can't speak the language?
In a just world she'd out of the U.S. on her ass.
When did common sense become so uncommon?
I’m going to have to look at buying property in Arizona. The last bastion of common sense.
Caveat: Only if McCain gets the boot in August
You know, some of them actually think they are on the side of the angels by requiring businesses and state offices to have spanish speakers to deal with people who don’t speak English.
The reality is that NOT requiring, or incentivizing immigrants to learn English is holding them back.
Now, I said SOME think they’re in the right,
then there are the truly evil libs, not just the STUPID libs,
that WANT these people to not ever succeed in our society,
so that they’ll be forever dependent.
Sanity is returning to the nation in the forms of Arizona and New Jersey.
I’m starting to pack! ;)
I love AZ
Maybe the next thing for AZ - no more pressing ‘1’.
Holy Frijole! You better get me a bowl of guacamole!
That’s three times now. Go Bewer!
That’s three times now. Go Brewer!
What has New Jersey, the armpit of America, done lately that indicates it is returning to sanity?
Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
- Teddy Roosevelt in 1919
“It is wrong to force a business to have translators on the payroll.”
Look, the last time I checked, there are plenty of Spanish speaking dentists in Arizona, so why should THIS dentist be REQUIRED to treat this patient? We each have a RIGHT to associate and deal and work with whomever we want! That is why most companies have a sticker on their door or a poster that says they have the right to refuse any customer - given time, I am sure the ACLU will file a suit about this!
Thanks for posting this. I hadn’t heard about this. Those who won’t learn English or bring THEIR OWN DAMN TRANSLATOR, have NO RIGHT to force private enterprise to provide them one. The lawyer that brought the case OUGHT TO BE FORCED TO PAY the Doctor’s bills. Can this PANDERING TO THOSE WHO SPEAK SPANISH only, get any more OUTRAGEOUS?
They elected Gov Christy!
I wonder if she was a “green card” holder, illegal immigrant, or citizen. Did I miss that? If she’s an illegal, are we paying for her treatment? Is she fraudulently obtaining benefits?
Si no si.
Thanks folks. I'll be here through Saturday night.
No doubt, the local La Raza organization walked her through this process.
I wonder if the AG complaint form is in Spanish too.
If she’s fraudulently obtaining benefits, the ATTORNEY GENERAL NEEDS TO CHARGE HER.
Jan Brewer for POTUS!
In MA, a dentist has to pay for the translator of the patients choice. It turned into a scam.
Lovin it!....Lovin it!
Don’t let the door hit you in ass on the way out!!
Everything about the new AZ law is soooooooo American.
Wish that Texas would follow.
I haven’t kept up with Gov. Christy. What’s he doing lately to get on the good side of conservatives? Has he outlawed the smell coming from Newark?
Everyone going through the legal immigration process must be able to pass an interview in English.
The only ones that should be here legally that can not speak English would be tourists on a proper visa.
Do they let just anyone file a lawsuit?
The election of their new Governor
Or, will AZ move to ‘English only’ voting ballots?
Okay. So what has he done to impress conservatives?
How about having English as the official language of all states.
FL has a constitutional amendment which does this.
language unifies a nation. multiple languages balkanize.
The only company that would demand balkanization are the free spanish language stations. Those should just be “pay extra” cable tv stations.
I think the big thing is he is taking on the Public Unions, and lowering spending rather then just cutting taxes. U-tube has some fun snippets from speeches.
a common language makes a society and a country successful
but, you’re assuming that they want their society, culture and country to be successful...
and that’s not a valid assumption.
No kidding-she’s sounding more presidential by the day!!!
What dentist? The article is about an optometrist.
This is America, we speak English here.
Get used to it...
Agree with your assessment. The old adage, “in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” is applicable here. In the gold old days, immigrants who didn’t speak English had to rely on others who did speak the language, in other words, had integrated into American society. This helped those basically too old to learn the new language but, even more, made the bilingual person a “hero” to the ethnic neighborhood, someone the kids would respect and try to emulate. Further, it pressured immigrants to get their children speaking English as soon as possible.
Now that so much can be done here without speaking English, the integrated immigrant is actually looked down upon as a traitor to his/her culture and kids are left language-retarded in this nation. It is a lose-lose proposition for the businesses and the immigrants. The only ones who win are politicians, bilingual education bureaucrats and ethnic manipulators who want to speak for (control) their fellow immigrants.
Exasperated, one of the local officials finally shed his typical Japanese politeness and explained in broken, but understandable English "This iz Japan. If you can't understand Japanese, you should bring your own translator." Me, and half the other foreigners (and some of the Japanese) standing in line applauded. She just glowered and slinked away.
When it was my turn, the guy was extraordinarily helpful, perhaps because he saw me as the ring-leader in getting him out of that situation.
Has he outlawed the smell coming from Newark?
More Arizona AWESOMENESS! Rick Perry, are you paying attention yet?
Why the heck should an optometrist HAVE to provide a translator??
Years ago I knew a girl who worked as a sign language interpreter for the deaf. Deaf people hired her to accompany them to doctor’s appointments and other types of appointments. The doctors and other businesses were under no requirement to provide a sign language interpreter. The deaf person hired and paid for the interpreter. That’s how it should be. I’m not without compassion for anyone who needs an interpeter for some reason, but if businesses are going to be forced to provide them, we’re all going to pay for it and that’s not right.
Jan Brewer- doing the Chief Executive work that Obama refuses to do.
Sorry, brain flatulence!