Va. House OKs Bill On English-Only Work Rules

Law360, New York (February 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Virginia House of Delegates voted 70-29 on Monday in favor of a bill establishing that it is not discriminatory for an employer to fire a worker who fails to comply with an English-only policy in the workplace.

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), sponsor of HB 1472, had said the legislation would help small-business owners. The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

Cole said that the bill would protect employers from suits only if they fired an employee for not speaking English for legitimate...
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