Monday, December 14, 2015

Prospero Ano y Felicidad: Feliz Navidad and an "English Only" Policy in the Workplace

Verrill Dana LLP, Lexology

As Jose Feliciano wishes us a Merry Christmas from the bottom of his heart, it is important that we as employers recognize that in order to maintain a diverse workforce we are going to be faced with some difficult questions—including whether an “English Only” policy is necessary or appropriate to accomplish our business goals. While Title VII does not specifically protect an employee’s right to speak a language other than English in the workplace, employers must recognize that both the EEOC and the NLRB take the position that these type of “English Only” policies may be both discriminatory and may also violate the NLRA by inhibiting employees’ abilities to discuss the terms and conditions of employment.

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