Peter Lee Published on 26 November 2012
Category: English in the News
As I cast my ballot in this year’s election – a ballot that in my home of Broward County, Florida is printed in English, Spanish, and Creole – I was reminded of an employment law issue that often leaves employers scratching their heads: Can employers require their employees to speak English in the workplace, or must they allow employees to speak in their native tongues?
According to the EEOC, the following are some situations in which business necessity would justify an English-only rule:
For monolingual people like myself, dealing with a foreign language can be confusing. The addition of Spanish and Creole to my Broward County election ballot stretched the ballot to 12 mostly incomprehensible pages!
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