Hispanic Workers Sue NY City Over English-Only Policy

Law360, New York (May 20, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT) -- Hispanic city employees of Rochester, N.Y., last week sued the city over an alleged English language-only policy prohibiting workers from speaking Spanish, even during breaks, claiming that their civil rights were violated.

The eight Rochester Department of Environmental Services employees say the city officially adopted the policy, which was enforced by the workers' manager with the knowledge of the department commissioner.

The policy was implemented to stop workers from speaking Spanish to one another around employees who only spoke English to avoid offending them, despite the...
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