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What should immigrants know about language-based discrimination?

If you have immigrated to the U.S. for work, or have plans to relocate in order to pursue a job opportunity, there are a number of things you need to take care of and recognize, from the immigration process to adjusting your life after relocating. In Miami, and in all of the cities in Florida, it is pivotal to make sure that your rights are not violated during the immigration process or in the workplace once you have settled down. For example, you may want to review language-based discrimination if you believe you have experienced it firsthand or are concerned it may affect you.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, language-based discrimination is against the law. This type of discrimination may take various forms. For example, an employer cannot make English fluency mandatory unless the imposition of such a requirement is necessary for an employee to effectively perform his or her job duties.

Moreover, employment decisions cannot be based on a protected employee’s accent unless the accent interferes with his or her ability to carry out job responsibilities effectively. Moreover, English-only rules are permissible if they increase safety and promote efficiency, but these rules cannot be implemented for discriminatory reasons.

As an employment immigrant, you may have a number of hurdles to work through at any stage of the employment immigration process. Regardless of the nature of your problem, it is critical to defend your rights if they are violated. This post does not serve as a substitute for legal help and was written for informational purposes.

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