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Friday, 23 December 2016 22:06

“English Only” Not Allowed On The Job Featured

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The cultural problems in this country are getting out of control. Now, asking people to speak English on the job is a violation of their rights!
A new document originated by the office of legal counsel last month, the EEOC enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination transmittal covers the insurance of a sub regulatory document that provides guidance regarding the statutes enforcement. It is intended to communicate the commission's position on important legal issues.
The Obama administration went further into the affairs of businesses across the nation stating that any business that requires employees to speak english only violates federal law under a sweeping order that cracks down on
“national origin discrimination” in the workplace.“
However the document goes on to say that requiring an employee to be bi-lingual is allowed ?????????
The administration claims the new rules, which cover various scenarios that could possibly get employers in trouble, were enacted because the workforce is “increasingly ethnically diverse.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, made them public last month. “The increased cultural diversity of today’s workplaces presents new and evolving issues with respect to Title VII’s protection against national origin discrimination,” the document states. “This enforcement guidance will assist EEOC staff in their investigation of national origin discrimination charges and provide information for applicants, employees, and employers to understand their respective rights and responsibilities under Title VII.”
Two years ago, the administration sued a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees for not speaking English on the job.
The case against a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer for firing a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills. “Forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC“ claimed the lawsuit.
The Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Therefore, the EEOC argued, “foreigners have the right to speak their native language even during work hours at an American company that requires English.”
Now the agency has official federal rules to support this theory as well as other innovative discrimination categories, including “multiple protected bases.”
The new rules mention discrimination against Middle Easterners perceived to “follow particular religious practices.”
Among the ‘scenarios’ in the rules is an Egyptian, “Thomas” who claims he was harassed by his coworkers about his Arab ethnicity and Islam. “Thomas’ charge should assert national origin, race and religious discrimination,” the EEOC writes, referring to its new “multiple protected bases” category. Reassuring that it will protect Middle Easterners, The agency stated that “Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on the perception that someone is from the Middle East or is of Arab ethnicity, regardless of how she identifies herself or whether she is, in fact, from one or more Middle Eastern countries or ethnically Arab.”
Wait, there’s more...
Employers using Social Security requirements to screen applicants are warned they may be charged with discrimination because it disproportionately eliminates individuals of a certain national origin and has a disparate impact based on national origin. Making Social Security screening “unlawful under Title VII unless the employer establishes that the policy or practice is job related and consistent with business necessity,” the new rules say.
It further adds “Reliance on word-of-mouth recruiting may magnify existing ethnic, racial or religious homogeneity in a workplace and result in the exclusion of qualified applicants from different national origin groups,” That would constitute a violation of federal law, the EEOC points out, because the employer’s actions have a discriminating effect based on national origin.
The agency has been on a roll since, taking legal action against businesses across the country accusing them of discriminating against minorities for running criminal background checks and to discriminating against Muslims for not permitting hijabs on the job. “The criminal background disproportionately exclude blacks from hire,” according to EEOC lawsuits against several companies and businesses that forbid Muslim women from wearing a hijab on the job violate religious rights guaranteed under the nation’s civil rights laws even when all head coverings are banned for all employees, the EEOC states.
This is ridiculous, but fortunately this document has and expiration date listed at the top that states “This Notice will remain in effect until rescinded or superseded.”
Hopefully we can get our president elect to act on this when sworn in.
Personally I believe that if you come to America, you should learn to speak English as our forefathers did. You should be able to communicate effectively with almost everyone in this country. I believe that all government testing for any licensure should be in English, I can say this, because English isn’t my native language (keeping our editing staff busy)
I believe myself to be an American with Italian heritage, not an Italian-American, I think immigrants that come to the US should want to assimilate into our society and not try to change our society to be more like where they came from, otherwise why are they here?
If you want what you had in your home-country, then stay there.

Al DiPasquale

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