November 19, 2007

Not The Government's Business

Can an employer set conditions for staff to use only English in the workplace? The EEOC believes that to be discriminatory, and has launched lawsuits at a number of companies to stop them from doing so — including the Salvation Army, one of the most respected charitable institutions in America. Both the House and Senate passed language overruling the EEOC’s interpretation, but now Nancy Pelosi may strip the language after facing a rebellion from the Hispanic Caucus.

At Heading Right, I wonder why the Hispanic Caucus wants to pick a fight on this subject. The EEOC action will create more discrimination than it resolves, thanks to the natural reaction of the market to its costly burden on businesses. Employers have rational reasons to ask employees to communicate in a common language, and arguing for more government intervention will not likely be a winning message in future elections.


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