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Tennessee passes law allowing English-only workplaces

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed a bill into law that permits English-only policies in the workplace.

According to, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill that permits English-only policies in the workplace:

The law, which the governor signed last week, states that it is not discriminatory for an employer to institute a policy that requires all employees to speak only English "at certain times when the employer has a legitimate business necessity for such a policy, including but not limited to the safe and efficient operation of the employer's business."

The law, which becomes effective immediately, requires employers to provide notice to employees of the policy and the consequences of violating it.

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