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Discrimination Against Spanish Speaking Employees: What’s the Risk?


Speaking-SpanishOwning or managing a business carries with it several liabilities and potential risks. Most businesses focus on the aspects of property damage, fire hazards, employee safety, and other prominent causes of lawsuits and loss. A silent threat that is often ignored, or taken for granted, is discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The liability for these cases can be just as costly to the business as if there were a fire or other damaging incident.

One of the many freedoms that is savored by the American people is the right to not be discriminated against. Discrimination can come in a number of forms and the scope is being widened in response to public outcry. A case in point – in July 2013, discrimination against Spanish speaking employees found its way into a legal battle which is playing out in New Mexico.

As an employer, you are placed in a sensitive position when you…

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