January 15, 2008
Alexander Works to Protect English
It's hard to believe that employers in the U.S. can be sued if they require their workers to speak English at work. This isn't even an issue about illegal immigration or what you do in the confines of your home. This is about the right of employers to manage their employees and to insure they carry out their duties. What if McDonald's couldn't require its employees to speak English? Granted I've been at fast food restaurants where it was difficult to order because of the employee's lack of English skills. In fact, I was at a Nashville Wendy's where a bilingual friend with me wound up finishing his order in Spanish because the employee behind the cash register could understand that language but not English.
To insure that English remains legal in the workplace, Senator Lamar Alexander is sponsoring legislation to give employers protections. Unfortunately, I'm sure the Liberals in Congress led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi will do their best to kill this common sense bill.