The EEOC overreached.(LETTERS)

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The EEOC overreached.(LETTERS)


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A letter from H. Joan Ehrlich at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ("EEOC defends its decision," Monday) criticizes the Dec. 4 editorial "Jackbooted liberalism, EEOC-style" for denouncing the EEOC's decision to sue RD's Drive-In in Arizona over the restaurant's English-on-the-job rule. Among other things, Ms. Ehrlich says The Times should have checked the facts with the EEOC before publishing the editorial. Judging from the inaccuracies in Ms. Ehrlich's letter, such fact-checking would have done your editors little good.

To cite one example, Ms. Ehrlich writes that the restaurant owners asked only their Navajo employees to sign and acknowledge a copy of the English-language workplace rule. That is false. The majority of the restaurant's employees always have been Navajo, but typically, fewer than half of those can speak Navajo as well as English. One of the four disgruntled employees who filed the original complaint with the EEOC is not even Navajo. Why would she file a complaint if she was not asked to sign or do anything?

EEOC falsehoods are beside the point, however. The heart of the matter is the vendetta the EEOC is waging against employers who have English-language workplace rules. …

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