U S Workplace Language Discrimination

In the introduction part of the article, Thorpe-Lopez introduces the content of her article in which, she informs about the current status of America as a melting pot and a multicultural state. She also informs about the legislation that is attached to the usage of language in workplaces. She also informs about how she will proceed towards her information deliverance about the topic, she has kept for her article.
After introducing the topic, she moves forward to her argument by defining the English-only rule. According to Thorpe-Lopez, English-only rule is implemented as the owner of a workplace according to which, all the workers are required to make use of English and no other language. This requirement is not only related to the usage of the English language during work but also during communication with co-workers, during breaks and while communicating with family members on phone. Due to these restrictions, some workers that are not flexible with speaking English feel problematic. In some places, this restriction is relaxed in free hours. Some employers prefer employees with bilingual speaking ability. Therefore, English-only rule that is employed in various workplaces creates problems for people lacking proficiency in English speaking. They consider this rule as a hindrance for their work.
According to the 1964 Civil rights law, Title VII, discrimination of any kind is unlawful in any workplace. Thorpe-Lopez quotes the law to describe the contradiction that is prevalent in workplaces that follow civil rights laws. Under this law, the people working in a workplace cannot be restricted to follow the English-only rule.
According to Thorpe-Lopez, the English-only rule creates many problems for people belonging to other cultures because they do not belong to America by birth and culturally, they are from different parts of the world.