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A Shifting Burden: English-Only Policies

Law360 (August 16, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- English-only policies in the workplace are not new. The first reported case involving an English-only policy occured in Texas in 1979. Since that time, numerous employers have either adopted or considered adopting such policies. While employers can identify benefits of having an English-only policy, such a policy may expose an employer to claims of national origin discrimination.

Applicable case law and regulations are complex and in some cases inconsistent. This article provides a brief overview of the regulations surrounding English-only policies, court decisions that define what...
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