I saw this in the news recently and wondered what the MT community would think about it:
SUMMARY: A hotel in a predominantly Hispanic area of the state was purchased by someone from out of state. All employees were laid off and asked to reapply with a new set of employment conditions. Among the conditions:
- Employees with long names were asked to simplify (read: anglicize) their names for the purpose of their work. For example, Martín became Martin, Marcos became Marc.
- Employees were mandated to speak English only in the presence of the owner or any guests unless they were assisting a guest with limited English speaking ability.
Of course this has caused controversy. There has been picketing, adverse news coverage, threats of lawsuits from cultural advocacy groups, and, of course, the usual name-calling.
So I have three questions about both requirements:
- Are they legal?
- Are they ethical?
- Are they effective?