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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 other employers 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 leads to 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 (however I’m Black and speak Spanish).
And please stop with the notion that the southern states belonged to Mexico. Quick history, U.S. won over most of the southern land from Spain, Spain who took the land from native Americans, who prior to Hernando Cortez the Conqueror, many tribes fought over the land and took it from each other. Mexicans have Cortez and Spain to blame for most of their conquest, the U.S. actually benefited from the initial havoc started by Spaniards.
Since the EEOC is there to protect job seekers from discrimination, I look for the day when English-speaking U.S. citizens would file a class action discrimination law suit against businesses that blocked employment because they didn’t speak Spanish. A case against the U.S. government would be even better, since it is the U.S. not doing it’s duty to protect it’s citizens civil rights. It seems logical to me. Shouldn’t any U.S. citizen 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.
Comments to this article are closed. I would like to thank those that showed interest in this topic but my choice to discontinue comments was due to the continued blatant racist and hate-filled comments aimed at Blacks. This article questioned the fairness of allowing Spanish speaking ILLEGAL immigrants to shape the U.S. job market and push legal residents, mainly Blacks out of jobs.
Many used their time here to show just how racist and hate-filled they are toward Blacks. Where this article was meant to discuss “No Spanish, no job”, it has become very clear that many Latinos, feel they are superior to Blacks and feel Blacks are the globes virus. I have known for a while that many Latinos hate Blacks and I hope those reading this article from this point start to recognize this as well. Blacks have suffered, bled and died to give Latinos and other minority groups many of the rights they have today; history shows Blacks hanging from trees, attacked by police dogs, marching and protesting. Instead of thanks and appreciation, Blacks receive jealousy and hate from many groups. But history shows the many contributions of Blacks to the U.S. and the world, and if it was not for the labor of Blacks throughout most America’s history, the U.S would not be the U.S.
Furthermore, those that make the silly argument to “just learn Spanish” or “most countries welcome multiple languages”, let’s examine Mexico to show how silly these arguments are. In Mexico language breaks down to Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8% [English included] (2005 World Fact Book). Mexico, the country that is most responsible for Americans having to learn Spanish to work is overwhelmingly Spanish speaking. Where is the push inside Mexico to be multilingual? You hypocrites!
Mexicans should try to fix their broken and corrupt country before trying to “invade” another.
Blacks should wake up and see that we are enemies of other minority groups (especially Latinos), what we have gained they want, and will cheat, politic and steal to take it.