The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin Plastics Inc., seeking punitive damages and lost wages for employees who were reportedly discharged for having poor English skills. The lawsuit was filed on June 9. The agency claims that speaking English was not a skill required for performing their job effectively.
People who feel their employment status has been put in jeopardy because of discriminatory practices may benefit from meeting with legal counsel as soon as possible. Workers who find themselves in these situation may be being treated poorly, face demotion or were terminated because of racial discrimination, sexual orientation, age discrimination, disability discrimination, pregnancy discrimination or due to a criminal record. These discriminatory practices can have a negative impact on household income and hinder one's ability to maintain a healthy and productive family-life at home.
People who need advice or more information about a situation that they are uncertain about, but may feel unsettling, often benefit from consulting legal counsel for advice. An employment attorney can provide clients with more accurate information regarding their rights as workers and what actions constitute a violation of those rights.
Source: Daily Journal, "Federal agency alleges Wisconsin company fired employees for lacking unneeded English skills", June 09, 2014