Monday, April 24, 2017

English-Only Rules in the Workplace Can Be a Legal Minefield - SHRM

by June Bell 
Originally published: April 21, 2017
Publisher: SHRM.org

clothing retailer accused of forbidding three San Francisco workers from speaking Spanish at work and then allegedly retaliating when they complained is being sued for civil rights violations and discrimination.

Filed by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing on behalf of three employees of Forever 21's Union Square store, the lawsuit claims the company's HR department "was dismissive and indifferent" to the workers' concerns, repeatedly ignoring workers' calls and voicemail messages and "failing or refusing to take corrective action."

The two cashiers and a maintenance worker were threatened with termination, disciplined and subjected to extreme scrutiny, the lawsuit said.