[2015] Viviana Marquez: Worker Individuality & English-Only Policies

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[2015] Viviana Marquez: Worker Individuality & English-Only Policies

English-Only Policies: A Reflection of Worker Individuality

DiversityDiversity ecompasses a host of characteristics that shape individualtity. This includes spiritual beliefs and worldviews, manners of expression and emotions, communications, and language spoken.In light of the ever-changing U.S. demographics produced by immigration trends, the pressing issue regarding tolerance to language diversity in the workplace in the public sector becomes how to fairly converge the needs of the organization without loss of employees' sense of culture and individuality.

Linguistic Culture~Language is a system of expression of cultural values. Workers interact and interpret their environment within a cultural and linguistic context. In multicultural organizations, there is a voluntary use of a common lingua franca. This leads to higher degrees of trust and frequency of communication between and among workers, thus improving the overall level of communication.

Social Identity~Individuals obtain their sense of self from inclusion into social groups formed even in the workplace. Policies restricting the use of non-English language in the workforces deter employees from participating in a common organizational mission and produce feelings of inadequacies for group members of the non-English speaking groups.

HistoryWith the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, equality has been the striving goal of this nation in all matters of social structure. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is uniquely responsible for ending discrimination motivated by race, color, relgion, sex, national origin, age, disabilities, sexual orientation or any other basis of differentiation. Languages fall under national origin for purposes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Social Bonding~Social bonding takes place among employees in a workplace. It is a place where individuals engage in defining themselves. English-only rules interfere with expressive interests, expressions of individuality, and associative interests

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission~The EEOC has determined that English-only rules are unlawful unless reasonably necessary for purposes of safety, efficiency, or for communications with customers or coworkers who only speak English.


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