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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Encourage Acceptance of a Bilingual Workplace

October 16, 2007
Related Topics: Career Development, Employee Career Development, Dear Workforce
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Our company hires many employees whose only language is Spanish. We require managers to speak both English and Spanish. The fact that managers must be bilingual has angered some English-only managerial candidates, who complain it is an unfair burden to require them to learn another language when our Hispanic employees are not required to learn English. I realize it is perfectly legal for our company to require managers to be bilingual in a bilingual environment, yet how do we contain the negative fallout and the claims we are discriminating against the English-only speakers? I am certain that we will shortly be losing quality internal candidates because of this.
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