I have a situation (Labor
Law) on my production floor.
I have several Hispanic employees and several Non-Hispanic employees.
All of the employees speak English.
The Hispanic employees were routinely speaking Spanish during the day and it caused problems with the Non-Hispanics that they felt uncomfortable with that, they felt they were being talked about.
I requested that during the working time (not lunch or breaks) that everyone speak English that it was rude to speak in another language when you could speak in the same language. I also said that if someone was trying to explain something to another Spanish speaking person and it was more efficient to do it in Spanish (say they were training a new employee) that that was alright.
I have a problem employee that likes to stir up trouble, he is going around saying that we are discriminating against him and the others and now many of them are angry.
Last point is that we were going to terminate this employee for other issues but I am concerned that he would claim discrimination
So is it discrimination to have everyone speak English during the working hours if they do speak English.
If it is not can that be brought up as discrimination if I terminated this employee, this is Florida.
I understand that it is better to have some warnings about the other issues in place.