Pinoy dietary aides claim wrongful termination

SECAUCUS, NJ – These Filipino workers were fired from their jobs at a healthcare facility in New Jersey last May for allegedly stealing frozen food items from the kitchen.

But former dietary aides Yolando Simon and Bernadette De Leon categorically denied this accusation.

“May 29th – I was terminated without due process, without a statement saying I was suspended until further notice,” said De Leon. “No investigation. No termination [papers]. No formal way, only verbal so that is what I want to figure out. Why it happened.”

Simon worked as dietary aide for seven years and De Leon worked for about three years before they were terminated from their jobs at the Alaris Health at the Fountains in Secaucus.

”I do not have an income, which affects my family,” said Simon. “My health is affected too because they removed my insurance benefits.”

“That’s why I’m fighting, I didn’t do anything wrong,” said De Leon. I did everything according to my job. So now I am coming forward and fighting back.”

Activists are protesting against the termination of the two Filipino workers.

Organizers say they are sending this letter to the administrator to demand for her resignation.

The rally coincided with an arbitration hearing organized by labor union group 1199J to demand Alaris Health to issue a public apology to the Filipino workers, pay back wages, clear their names of the accusations and give their jobs back.

“I want them to return my dignity from which they stole from me,” said De Leon.

ABS-CBN News went to the office of Alaris Health to request its officials for comments but no one has responded at this time.

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  • noz
    14 January 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    caught stealing on the spot is a ground on the spot termination, no ifs or buts. the terminated employees are claiming they did not steal. the employer must present proofs of their accusations these ex employees were caught stealing. its been 8 months, the question is the integrity of the evidence presented by the employers, who can do manipulations, yet its difficult to prove. these women cannot find jobs with this stealing record. both have worked long enough for the next would be employers to questions – why they did not work for 7 / 3 years. the best thing 1199 can do is legal binding this employer will forgo of their stealing accusations, unless their proofs or evidences are so authentic, that its hard to discredit, such as CCTV.

  • noz
    14 January 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    i misread the name yolando as yolanda, addressing them as women.

  • kikay Pang0
    15 January 2015 at 3:20 am - Reply

    What’s the health care strong evidence against them ? They gain too much weight .

    • H.S.
      15 January 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Both workers have legal status in the United States and were full members of their union, AFSCME 1199J. They were accused of theft, and now the health facility must provide evidence that the 2 employees committed theft.

      Your assumptions about this case make you look extremely uninformed, and as the kids say these days, “Basic.”

      • H.S.
        15 January 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

        This response was meant for “filam” below.

  • filam
    15 January 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Stealing is a crime
    Just like breaking immigration law

    Does balitang America condone law breakers

    • Delia
      15 January 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

      @FilAm , good question , i am begginning to believe Balitang America condonning everything wrong . Just look at the patterns to all they post.

      Sadly, most Americans and Citizens don’t even realize what is happening to this nation. As long as they are fed a constant diet of mindless entertainment. most people are perfectly content to let “the experts” do their thinking for them.
      We are steamrolling toward oblivion, and most of the country is dead asleep.

      • H.S.
        15 January 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

        This is not entertainment. This story covers a labor issue faced by Pinoys living in the U.S. Hope you enjoy watching the next episode of “The Voice.”

    • H.S.
      15 January 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Both workers have legal status in the United States and were full members of their union, AFSCME 1199J. They were accused of theft, and now the health facility must provide evidence that the 2 employees committed theft.

      Your assumptions about this case make you look extremely uninformed, and as the kids say these days, “Basic.”

  • Bernie
    16 January 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Lot of reason that we are fighting…we told them to show the cctv… you can see what really happen…how can you steal if you still do your duties inside of facilities with others co workers ….how can you say that the 72 yrs old man with leg surgery stealing…. Did you think he can carry that?…. And if this is true why their not report to the police….inshort no clear evidence…the only things their have is hearsay of other workers…. Also take note we both immigrant do you think we gamble our life for this… The administrative dont like pinoy workers because she knows pinoy workers is smart than her

    kikay pango my weight is only 73kilos.

  • guen ellen chan-marcelo
    20 January 2015 at 5:12 am - Reply

    I, as the representative and admin of Anyamet Family would like to request the immediate due process of our sister and family as well to expedite the case of unlawful termination of Ms. Bernadette De Leon and also his co-employee Mr. Yolanda Simon that justice must be served. Many of us Filipino love this sister of ours. We don’t believe in their accusations with her. She is not a thief or stealer of anything. She has an outstanding character and we will support her in her journey until justice will serve. May I request Pres. Obama to have this case expedited and we love so much our sister Bernadette. Thank you so much.

  • Yves
    20 January 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    These are unionized workers, meaning, they have rights and a collective bargaining agreement (b/n 1199J and Alaris Health) stating that there must be JUST CAUSE for termination. Just cause means that the Employer must prove beyond reasonable doubt that these workers actually committed stealing or have violated any company policy.

    The workers claim that they are innocent and they have all the right to appeal their termination. If the employer can’t prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations, then the employer must 1) reinstate the workers to their jobs and 2) make them whole, meaning pay them all the back wages, benefits that they should have received from the time they were terminated to the present.

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