Race, sex, ethnicity and national origin are characteristics we have no control over and along with these non-choices; we also have no control in what language we will speak once born into the world. If you were born in the hill country of Shanxi Province in China, it is highly likely you will be born into a Mandarin speaking society. So in other words, by most parts we cannot control what words will come out our mouths. I think you see what I am getting at; language too many is just as much a non-moveable object as feathers on a hen and the chocolate-brown color beautifying my skin.
With the Obama administration getting ready to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants, and the U.S. Mexico border open to all comers Americans should look to filing employment discrimination law suits against companies that openly base their hiring practices on whether one speaks Spanish or not.
With English being a born characteristic to most Americans, how can English be used against U.S. job-seekers in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness? To no fault of any English-speaking American, many citizens are now dealing with unchallenged discrimination in the job market. Americans national origin and the language that comes with it has become the equivalent of checking the “Yes, I have had a felony arrest” on an employment application.
Employers that ask “Bilingual please” are discriminating against non-Spanish speaking minorities, low-income job seekers and older job-seekers. A 45-year-old job seeker lay off from their job of 20 years who never had to know Spanish will find it very difficult to find work amongst the many job ads asking for Spanish speakers. And experts have stated that learning a new language for older people is very difficult, but why should these Americans be asked to learn Spanish anyway, shouldn’t it be the other way around?
And I am sure some reading this will say, the solution is easy just learn Spanish, but for non-Spanish speaking minorities, low-income and low educated citizens learning Spanish just does not happen as easy as many would believe.
Discrimination of English-speaking job-seekers is unintended by some actors and totally deliberate by illegal immigrant friendly groups. English-speaking American job seekers should use U.S. law that offers protection from discrimination and unequal administration of laws to our advantage.
The 14th Amendment: The Equal Protection Clause
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”.
States have allowed sanctuary cities such as Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and many others to created laws protecting illegal immigrant workers and by doing so have abridged the privileges of many United States citizens. The 14th Amendment may look more to protection in the law while the Civil Rights Act looks to prohibit discrimination.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in many more aspects of the employment relationship. It applies to most employers engaged in interstate commerce with more than 15 employees, labor organizations, and employment agencies. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin (language comes with this). It makes it illegal for employers to discriminate based upon protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Language is a part of your national origin package and in America your package includes English just as in Mexico it is Spanish or in Shenzhen it is Mandarin.
Call to Action: File Discrimination Claims, English is just as much of you as your race
I would urge any American citizens who have been told you cannot be hired because you do not speak Spanish to file a discrimination claim with the EEOC in your area, complain to your congressmen and senators and you can also contact one of these organizations and
The Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund (CLDEF) is a non-profit educational foundation. Since 1985 it has promoted Constitutional interpretation based on fidelity to the actual text of the Constitution.
Click here: http://www.cldef.org/
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. To request legal help or ask Jay legal questions click here http://aclj.org/get-legal-help.
This is a call to action, do not just accept this discrimination, file a claim, the more that do, the more attention brought to these unlawful hiring practices. The ultimate goal is to get these claims in the courts, Americans being discriminated against for only knowing English, the language of their national origin should be seen for what it is, Illegal.