Download PDF version (20.7k). The full text of this article is available as a PDF document.
Barring or restricting foreign-born employees from speaking in their native tongue while at work is, for the most part, illegal. Management that imposes such restrictions may find itself involved in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the grounds of national origin discrimination. Such a regulation can only be applied if there is a compelling business-related necessity to restrict the use of foreign languages in the workplace.