Private Companies Can’t Have An English Language Requirement In Obamaland

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Wisconsin Plastics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Wisconsin Plastics for firing a group of Hmong and Hispanic employees who couldn’t speak English because it’s discrimination to expect employees to speak the language.

This would normally be considered absolutely ridiculous but not in Obamaland where nothing makes sense, and war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

According to Judicial Watch, in 2009, the EEOC issued a bizarre order making a workplace English rule illegal. Companies can’t make their employees only speak English at work.

They claim it’s discrimination against the national origin of the employees which includes language.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects employees from discrimination based on national origin, which includes the linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.

The EEOC has decided the employees at Wisconsin Plastics didn’t need to speak English to do their jobs and it is apparently irrelevant what the company thinks.

The EEOC is seeking “lost wages and compensatory and punitive damages for the discharged employees and injunctive relief to end the discriminatory practices.”

One wonders how these employees are supposed to speak with their supervisors.

This applies to illegals as well!

“Under President Obama the EEOC has taken a number of unprecedented actions to protect foreigners in the workplace, including illegal immigrants,” wrote Judicial Watch. “In 2009 the agency issued a controversial order making a workplace English rule illegal. The directive came after the EEOC bullied a national healthcare firm to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle a discrimination lawsuit in which the government alleged that Hispanic workers were punished for speaking Spanish.

This is another fine example of the government dictating to a private company and favoring foreigners, including illegals, over citizens and, in this case, a U.S. company. Their irrational argument is only superseded by their unmitigated gall.

Why do Americans accept this unreasonable government overreach?

Bruce Wendt, Wisconsin Plastics vice president of operations, issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

“Management of Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. learned through the media today that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has initiated legal proceedings against the company. The EEOC’s allegations are false and completely without merit.

“Wisconsin Plastics is an equal opportunity employer with a highly diverse workforce. The twelve positions affected by the layoffs were from a pool that was comprised of 91 percent of racial and ethnic minorities, including Hmong, Hispanic, African-American and American Indian employees. WPI believes that the diversity of its workforce is strong evidence of the fact that WPI is firmly committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race or national origin.

“The layoff decisions at issue in the fall of 2012 were made on the basis of the employees’ overall comparative skills, behaviors and job performance over time. There was nothing illegal or untoward about any of the decisions made by WPI. Though the decisions were difficult, they were necessary in order to ensure the ongoing stability of Wisconsin Plastics for the benefit of WPI’s customers, its shareholders, the community and the roughly 275 current Company and temporary employees.”

 

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