William O. Stein, a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practices, in the firm’s Los Angeles office, was quoted in SHRM.org, in “7 Myths About National Origin Discrimination,” by Allen Smith.
Myth: Giving an employee a nickname cannot be considered discriminatory.
Fact: This is another misconception, Stein added. “If the employee is given a nickname because his name is too ethnic to pronounce or to Americanize his name, that could be evidence of discrimination or harassment.”
Myth: An employer can always require employees to speak only English at work.
Fact: Employers can require employees to speak only English at work if they can show that doing so is a business necessity, such as for safety reasons, Stein noted.