C.E. Dyer reports that the latest insanity out of the Obama administration comes in the form of new rules that make it discriminatory for companies in the United States to require employees to speak English. However, it is not discriminatory for companies to require that employees speak a foreign language, Townhall reported.
This new enforcement guideline is apparently there to deal with “national origin discrimination” in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission deemed this insane new guideline necessary because they note that the American workforce is “increasingly ethnically diverse.”
Great, all those “ethnically diverse” people can pick up a copy of Rosetta Stone if they want to work in the United States… Nope, that’s discriminatory! Now go learn Spanish if you want a job — that’s perfectly fine and non-discriminatory, apparently.
“The increased cultural diversity of today’s workplaces presents new and evolving issues with respect to Title VII’s protection against national origin discrimination,” the EEOC wrote. “This enforcement guidance will assist EEOC staff in their investigation of national origin discrimination charges and provide information for applicants, employees, and employers to understand their respective rights and responsibilities under Title VII.”
Judicial Watch reported:
Two years ago, the administration laid the foundation for the new measures by suing a private American business for discriminating against Hispanic and Asian employees because they didn’t speak English on the job. The case involved a Green Bay Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over their English skills. Forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC claimed in its lawsuit. That’s because the Civil Rights Act protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group. Therefore, the EEOC argued, foreigners have the right to speak their native language even during work hours at an American company that requires English.
Under Obama the EEOC has strong-armed private businesses and government agencies into adopting the administration’s leftist agenda and inflated standards of political correctness. Last fiscal year the agency celebrated getting a record $525 million in settlements for reported victims of discrimination in both private and public sector jobs.
Townhall reported some of the other tidbits from the new rules:
Also included in the rules are new discrimination categories such as using Social Security requirements to screen applicants and relying on “word-of-mouth recruiting,” which the EEOC states could “magnify existing ethnic, racial or religious homogeneity in a workplace and result in the exclusion of qualified applicants from different national origin groups.”
Jan. 20 really can’t come soon enough…