The U.S. Civil Rights Commission heard testimony today from several organizations regarding the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuits against various employers that have English-language workplace rules. In one notorious case, for example, the EEOC sued the Salvation Army when one of its thrift stores required employees there to speak English when on the job. Here’s a link to a column by John Fund on this case and the controversy in Congress it provoked when a bill was introduced there to counteract the EEOC policy.
Today’s briefing will be shown on C-SPAN 2 at 10:25 tonight and 5:05 am tomorrow. The Center for Equal Opportunity’s Linda Chavez weighed in against the EEOC’s policy; her testimony is on our website. An EEOC official spoke today, but none of its supporters were willing to show up, despite USCCR invitations to MALDEF, La Raza, the ACLU, etc. Too bad: As Chavez explains, “It does immigrants no favor to remove incentives for their mastering English. Forcing employers to run their workplaces on a multilingual basis is not only dubious as a matter of law, and costly in its economic effect – it is disastrous as a matter of national policy.”