New EEOC Guidance clarified federal law with respect to language based discrimination.

New U.S. EEOC Guidance on Language Based Discrimination

While language based discrimination can be illegal, “Employers [also] may have legitimate business reasons for basing employment decisions on linguistic characteristics. However, because linguistic characteristics are closely associated with national origin, it is important to carefully scrutinize employment decisions that are based on language,” according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new Guidance […]

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BRIDGING THE LANGUAGE DIVIDE

“My chest hurts!” “Nurse, do you have anything for the pain?” “Doctor, my blood sugar is too high.” “My baby has a high fever!” Medical professionals are accustomed to responding to cries for help — unless those cries are spoken in Chaldean, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Telugu or dozens of other languages spoken in Michigan. […]

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