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US Government Sues Salvation Army Because Employees Are Required To Speak English

Posted by Casey on May 3, 2007

I got this from Michelle earlier today, and have been fuming over it ever since.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed:

A complaint filed at the end of March in the United States District Court District of Massachusetts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says two Hispanic workers, one’s national original is the Dominican Republic, and the other’s is El Salvador) were subjected to discrimination by the Salvation Army “on the basis of their national origin (Hispanic) by requiring them to comply with Defendant’s English-only rule, and terminating them because they failed to comply with its proficiency requirement, spoke Spanish in the workplace and were not fluent in speaking or understanding English.”

Read the entire article to get the whole story.

The Salvation Army has a standing policy that you must speak English to work there. Some local chapters have not upheld that policy in the past, and hired non-English speakers. Apparently these two employees have been working for the Salvation Army for a couple of years, but were recently terminated because they couldn’t speak, or understand, English.

This is a scary, and very dangerous president the EEOC is engaging in. This isn’t the first time the EEOC has gone after the Salvation Army for this, and they’ve gone after other employers for requiring English of their employees.

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t order a Big Mac without pickles because the worker can’t understand what you said … it’s because the company will be sued by the government if they don’t hire them.

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One Response to “US Government Sues Salvation Army Because Employees Are Required To Speak English”

  1. Justin Seine said

    I used to take my kids to a local Burger King on Sunday mornings to let my wife get a little extra sleep. Seemingly overnight the Burger King restaffed with non English speaking employees. After three consecutive weeks of botched orders, we stopped going there and instead opted for a McDonalds where we could order what we wanted and actually get it.

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