Professor Russ Frank
December 4, 2013
English-Only Rules In the Workplace
As the increasing of immigration in the Unite States, English as one of the Global language that is more and more important. Today 1.75 billion people speak English in necessary situation that means one in four of us. Yet English is the common language when employees come from different counties, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and National Origin Discrimination often considers “English-Only rules” in the workplace. The EEOC has set the rules that allowing employers to require their employees speak English only in the workplace for the business necessity (EEOC “publications”). The largest immigrate population in the United States comes from Asia and Latin American in 2010. China, India, Korea, Philippine and Vietnam were the five countries that people’s birth over 1 million living n the United States. From 2000 to 2010, the population of the foreign-born from Asia increased 3.4 million (U.S. Census 2011). From 1980 to 1990, 19767,316 are foreign-born persons in U.S. and 230,445,777 are speaking English only at home five years and over. That’s about 12% of foreign-born persons speak English at home (U.S. Census 1990). In the United States; the population of people spoke a language other than English had increased 27 percent from 2000 to 2010. The civilian workforce in the U.S. increases almost to 29 percent by 2000 and grew to 77 percent in twenty years (EEOC “meetings”). Because the United States is a multicultural country, the English-only rule is necessary in the workplace. The EEOC has approved the English-only rules that employees can be required speak English only in the workplace except for business reasons (EEOC “Facts”). The current EEOC guidelines allowing employers require employees speak English for business propose can protect employers and employees rights from national origin discrimination, however, it should be more specific. The EEOC is an important commission in the Unite States, which is necessary for the all the employees. It is a federal agency the enforces the laws which can protects person from job discriminations of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The EEOC has the authority to stop the discriminations with employees who are under the law, and they will try to settle the charge once it happened. The EEOC consists of five commissions, including the Chair, Vice Chair, and three commissioners (EEOC “overview”). The EEOC is a mature organization that can help employees from National Origin Discrimination. National Origin Discrimination includes treating people unfairly because of origin, accent or background (EEOC). Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 that forbids employment discrimination based on “race, sex, color, religion and national origin”(EEOC “Timeline”). The English-only rules can protects employers’ business propose. According to the EEOC guideline, Title VII allows employers to use English-only rules with their employees under specific conditions. The English-only rules are used when it is necessary for the business in the workplace. The employers can only set English-only rules in workplace when it is safely or efficiently. The English-only rules are only affected when employees communicate with customers, co-workers or supervisors who only can speak English; employees have to speak English to ensure safety when they are in emergencies or other situations; when employees have to cooperate with others at work, they required to speak English only to ensure efficiency (EEOC “Compliance Manual”). A lot of the employers want to set the English-only rules to their employers because the rules can bring their good effect on the business that is save...
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