Question. In Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, why is it legal to discriminate against English-speaking job seekers? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. But for many job seekers today, the dreaded term “Bilingual” has slammed the door in their face before they have filled in the application. With +9% unemployment, its hard enough for an American to find work, but then adding knowing Spanish in as a criteria for employment, that opens up unfair hiring practices against those whose only fault is not knowing a foreign language. Why should an American citizen be forced to hablar another countries language to work in the U.S? To work in Mexico, I get it, know some Spanish; to work in China, alright, know some Mandarin; to work in the U.S., hell English should do it!
When skimming through the job section of newspapers and online job search sites, companies seeking bilingual applicants has seem to become an accepted norm.
“Consumer products company experiencing dramatic growth seeks an experienced Process Engineer who is Bilingual in Spanish.” (CareerBuilder)
And also with many illegal Mexican, Spanish-speaking immigrants flooding the American job market, Americans have consistently heard, “illegals are doing jobs most Americans don’t want to do”. But illegal immigrant low skilled jobs trickle upward in the job market, where businesses such as banking, retailers, healthcare, and services are needing Spanish-speaking people to assist the growing Spanish-speaking population, and often businesses even prefer those who look like their new clients, which also is discriminating against those of a different race, color or national origin.
“We are currently looking for a qualified applicant to fill the following position: Therapist 1 Bilingual – Spanish” (CareerBuilder)
Just like race, age, color, sex, and national origin, one can’t help being born and raised English-speaking in America. For me, English is just as a part of me as my race, color, or national origin and I can’t help that, it’s a natural part of my life, from birth to death.
And please stop with the notion that the southern states belonged to Mexico, so the U.S. is on Mexicans land in the first place. Quick history, U.S. won over the land from Spain, who took the land from native Americans, who prior to Hernando Cortez the Conquerer, many tribes fought over the land and took it from each other. Mexicans have Cortez and Spain to blame not the U.S.
Since the EEOC is there to protect job seekers from discrimination, I often wonder if one day, an English-speaking U.S. citizen would file a discrimination law suit against a business that didn’t hire him because he didn’t speak Spanish. It seems logical to me. Question. Shouldn’t any U.S. citizens stake claim to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, over illegal immigrants? Yes!
Click here to read “Employment Discrimination: Race, Sex, Ethnicity And Now Language Grounds For Discrimination In U.S“. Posted January 3, 2013.