Disparities by ethnicity, language, and immigrant status in occupational health experiences among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners Academic Article uri icon

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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.

publication date

  • October 2010

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