English-Only [Civil Rights] Law and Legal Definition

English-only refers to an unjustified workplace policy that require workers to communicate only in English even in situations where workers are communicating only among themselves on breaks, or in jobs that do not require contact with English-speaking customers or colleagues.

The following is an example of a case law on English-only:

Speak-English-only rules tend to impact people whose national origin is from non-English speaking countries more heavily than it affects others. While English-only rules may be seen as facially neutral, they disproportionately burden national origin minorities because they preclude many members of these groups from speaking the language in which they are best able to communicate, while rarely, if ever, having that effect on non-minority employees. Blanket English-only rules have a significant adverse impact on national origin groups whose primary language or language of national origin is not English. [EEOC v. Premier Operator Servs., 113 F. Supp. 2d 1066 (D. Tex. 2000)].