Lawsuit accuses New Jersey nursing home director of pro-Filipino bias
BERGEN COUNTY, New Jersey — Four nurses filed a federal class action lawsuit against the director of a Bergen County-owned nursing home, claiming she discriminated against non-Filipino nurses and caused the plaintiffs to “fear for their jobs.”
Bergen County Health Care Center Director Violetta Arcilla is accused of forcing out non-Filipino nurses, docking pay, wielding discipline unfairly and offering Filipino nurses better schedules, according to a report by NorthJersey.com. Arcilla, from Belleville, has been at the helm of the 100-bed Rockleigh home since 2015, the report says.
Nurses Carmen Mabille, Maureen Beech, Rita Blaser and Barbara Masten last month filed the lawsuit last month.
Blaser allegedly experienced retaliation after filing a complaint about the alleged unfair treatment and was “involuntarily pushed out of her job” at the home in January, the suit says.