Is the discrimination?

I am being turned down for banking jobs in Houston, TX for not being able to speak Spanish. I am very qualified with years of experience.

Asked on May 28, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor


Usually, in situations of "English Only", an employer must show that speaking English is necessary to conduct business.

In your situation, did the job advertisement specify that you had to speak Spanish for the job? If so, then the employer can probably show that it is necessary for conducting business. Perhaps the bank has a large customer base of Spanish-speaking clients.

If the ad never mentioned anything about speaking Spanish, then there could be discrimination. But you would have to consult with a lawyer in Texas experienced with this kind of discrimination claim to see if you have a case.


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