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Language’in’the’Workplace’ 5/28/14’
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Language’in’the’workplace’ “I’am’from’India.’Now’a’U.S.’citizen’and’live’in’USA’for’ about’24’years.’After’my’PhD’[in’the’U.S.]’and’6’years’of’ employment’now’I’am’unemployed’and’unable’to’secure’ a’job.’Recently’I’applied’for’a’job…’The’employer’called,’ told’me’that’it’was’a’prescreening’interview.’She’told’ me’she’likes’everything’about’me,’but’she’does’not’like’ my’accent. ..”’ “I’never’thought’about’my’accent’while’I’was’living’in’ Mississippi…’I’moved’to’Texas’and’once’again,’my’accent’ came’under’Fre.’I’even’overheard’my’boss’talking’to’a’ coworker’one’day;’she’said,’‘If’I±d’known’how’bad’her’ accent’was,’I’never’would’have’hired’her.±”’ ’’’’ ’ ’ ’(from’Lippi-Green,’2012)’ 2
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Language’rights’in’the’workplace’ 1) Can’your’employer’tell’you’that’you’must’speak’English’ only’at’work?’ Only’when’it±s’a’“business’necessity”’ Doesn±t’apply’to’breaks’and’lunch’time’ “Prohibiting’employees’from’speaking’their’native’language’ at all times ’in’the’workplace’discriminates’against’them’on’the’basis’of’ their’ethnicity.’It’may’also’create’an’atmosphere’of’inferiority,’ isolation,’and’intimidation."’ (Equal’Employment’Opportunity’Commission’policy)’ 2) Can’an’employer’refuse’to’hire’you’because’of’your’accent?’
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