HR Home Forums Community Can the employer in a manufacturing plant prohibit speaking another language on the production floor while working and implement a policy that English is the only spoken language in the plant? Can this policy be made that while the employee is on the company premises, the only spoken language is English?

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  • Conner Lantz
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    Conner Lantz
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    The only reason I’m asking this is because of constant complaints from fellow employees about one ethnic group who keeps on speaking their own language at the work station and during breaks.  They speak their own language while working with others who can’t speak or understand that language.  There have been many complaints about this from multiple people and the company talked to these individuals about the need to be courteous when others are around and avoid speaking a different language as others are getting offended and feel that you don’t want them to understand what you’re talking about especially when you can speak English.  This talk did not seem to be very effective as we still have complaints. How would you address an issue like this without being accused of discrimination?  Can the company discipline employees if they persist on speaking a different language when others are getting offended and continue to complain?

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