Obama Claims Requiring Employees to Speak English is Illegal Discrimination

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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What better way to celebrate July 4th than with a senseless decree from an illegitimate ruler and his many minions. English? No you don’t need to speak that. It’s racism to even require it.

Now let’s have illegal alien amnesty, whose advocates promise that the illegals will be forced to learn to speak English (nope), pay their taxes (receive Earned Income Credits) and contribute to the economy (ObamaCare, disability, Section 8).

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes  “discrimination.”

Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.”

That argument is so wrong it could have only come from Obama. No one is discriminating them because they speak another language. The problem is that they don’t speak English.

Can the EEOC argue with a straight face that not knowing English is the characteristic of a national origin group? Why not.

According to a news release from the EEOC, Chicago Regional Attorney John C. Hendrickson said the Green Bay-based company’s English requirement is based on “superficial” reasoning.

“Our experience at the EEOC has been that so-called ‘English only’ rules and requirements of English fluency are often employed to make what is really discrimination appear acceptable. But superficial appearances are not fooling anyone,” Hendrickson said in the release. “When speaking English fluently is not, in fact, required for the safe and effective performance of a job, nor for the successful operation of the employer’s business, requiring employees to be fluent in English usually constitutes employment discrimination on the basis of national origin — and thus violates federal law.”

Speaking English fluently is always required at any job. If you can’t communicate with an employee, then the employee can’t properly be instructed and will have problems interacting with customers or other employees making for an inefficient and unfriendly workplace.

Serious language warning. And nothing a white comedian could get away with today.

  • Pete

    If I go into a business and they can’t be speak English, I may still buy there considering favors such as location, price and other factors.

    I would have a problem in store like a hardware store. If I cannot communicate with them easily, I am not going to that store anymore. So an owner would be wise to have employees who all could speak English.

    You have to wonder if Obama or any liberals do any home repair or research what they buy?

  • Ammianus

    As with the general who worried that diversity would be adversely affected by the Fort Hood “workplace violence,” it seems Oregon would prefer to burn to the ground than sacrifice its “principles.”

  • cxt

    I do not understand how/why being able to speak the language of the nation in which you live can possibly be viewed as a bad thing?

    How does anyone plan on working if they can’t speak with the customers?

    If your boss does not speak YOUR language, then how can they communicate with you?

    If YOUR the boss and you can’t communicate effectively with your employees then how can you get anything done?

    This is insane.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    FYI, There are Spanish language TV stations that show American movies.

    These movies have English speaking actors and all the dialog is in English.

    For the Spanish speaking market, these English language American movies are DUBBED into Spanish.

    Current day TVs are capable of letting you chose between different languages – SAP (Separate Audio Program).

    All the tools are there, yet, Spanish language TV stations do NOT let a viewer chose between the Spanish and English language tracks. The American movie is broadcast ONLY in dubbed Spanish.

    Why is that? Why are standard American TV stations bending over to accommodate Spanish speakers

    but Spanish language TV stations NEVER accommodate English speakers?

    See for yourself. I believe this is an issue that the public needs to be aware of.

  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    911 Kuyini eziphuthumayo zakho?

  • Tim N

    I work in Silicon Valley where we hear a lot of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Farsi, along with a scattering of Japanese, French, German, Italian, various and sundry Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages…
    How many of them do I need to learn? Where should I start?
    Fortunately most of the above are also reasonably fluent English.
    The only ones who don’t make any effort are (some) members of the Mexican community.

  • pete

    ore- GONE
    the land of some fascist MFrs

  • live free or die

    These selfish liberal White scumbags that own this company turned their back on their own people, legitimate White americans who need jobs, and hired dirt-cheap illegal alien mexicans.

    They deserve whatever bad happens to them.