EEOC reminds employers: English-only policies may violate antidiscrimination laws

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sent a reminder to employers throughout the country by filing suit against a national grocery chain, alleging the company has a workplace English-only policy that violates federal civil rights law. In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleges the company implemented a policy forbidding employees from speaking Spanish anywhere on the premises, regardless of whether they are on break. The lawsuit has prompted many employers to review their existing policies to ensure compliance with federal employment law. Now is an opportune time to analyze the EEOC's position on the issue and how Pennsylvania courts have weighed in on it.

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