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Am J Ind Med. 2010 Oct;53(10):960-75. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20860.

Disparities by ethnicity, language, and immigrant status in occupational health experiences among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners.

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Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, Richmond, 94804, USA. stephaniepremji@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined disparities in workers' occupational health experiences.

METHODS:

We surveyed 941 unionized Las Vegas hotel room cleaners about their experiences with work-related pain and with employers, physicians, and workers' compensation. Data were analyzed for all workers and by ethnicity, language, and immigrant status.

RESULTS:

Hispanic and English as second language (ESL) workers were more likely than their counterparts to report work-related pain and, along with immigrant workers, to miss work because of this pain. Hispanic, ESL, and immigrant workers were not consistently at a disadvantage with regard to their own responses to work-related pain but were so with respect to reported responses by workers' compensation, physicians, and employers.

CONCLUSIONS:

There are indications of disparities in occupational health experiences within this job title. The use of different group classifications, while implying different mechanisms, produced similar results.

PMID:
20564515
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.20860
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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