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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
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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