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  • Group 1 (Race, Class & Gender) Summer 08

    1. 1. <ul><li>Where English Only Falls Short </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stacy A. Teicher </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. Sephora <ul><li>Brand was born in France in 1969 and opened its first store there </li></ul><ul><li>750 stores in 21 countries </li></ul><ul><li>250 brands of beauty products (make-up, skin care, fragrance…etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Opened its first store in US in New York in 1997 </li></ul>
    3. 3. New York City Facts <ul><li>Population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8,274,527 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>population density of 26,403 people per square mile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>36% of the city's population is foreign-born. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The five largest ethnic groups as of the 2005 census estimates are: Puerto Ricans , Italians , West Indians , Dominicans and Chinese . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NYC is the largest city in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>About 170 languages are spoken in the city </li></ul><ul><li>. The ten largest countries of origin for modern immigration are the Dominican Republic , China , Jamaica , Guyana , Mexico , Ecuador , Haiti , Trinidad and Tobago , Colombia , and Russia </li></ul><ul><li>The New York metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sephora <ul><li>US headquarters in San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>One of the fastest growing retailers in the US </li></ul>
    5. 5. No Hable Espanol <ul><li>Five Sephora workers filed complaints against Sephora and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) sued on their behalf. </li></ul><ul><li>Sued for a “English Only” policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Would be feasible if boss insisted that it couldn’t even be spoken on lunch breaks. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Allegations Against Sephora Store <ul><li>Hispanic workers were allowed to speak Spanish to customers, when it benefited the store, but were not allowed to speak any Spanish to each other in the break room. </li></ul><ul><li>The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Hispanic workers of the store. </li></ul><ul><li>EEOC argued policy amounts to national- origin discrimination, which is illegal under Civil Rights Act of 1964 </li></ul>
    7. 7. What is the EEOC? <ul><li>The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission </li></ul><ul><li>An independent federal commission, created by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that investigates claims of employment discrimination </li></ul>
    8. 8. What Counts as Employment Discrimination? <ul><li>Any situation in which some people have a lower probability of being hired, promoted, financially rewarded, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, retaliation, sex, sexual harassment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harassment because of a person’s language is definitely discrimination </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Statistics 2006 Type of Discrimination Charge Percentage of Charges Race 35.9% Sex 30.7% National Origin 11% Religion 3.4% Age 21.8%
    10. 10. Who Can File a Charge? <ul><li>If you feel your rights have been violated as an employee, you can file a charge with the EEOC. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, if you feel a fellow employee’s rights have been violated you can file a charge on their behalf. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Civil Rights Act of 1964 <ul><li>Forbids the discrimination of race or sex in the hiring or firing process </li></ul><ul><li>Title VII Created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in order to enforce the act </li></ul><ul><li>Since its creation many classes have been added to the wording to be protected such as: religion, disability, age, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Did not create Affirmative Action but allowed EEOC to make rules that did </li></ul>
    12. 12. Bilinguals in America <ul><li>United States does not have an official language </li></ul><ul><li>9% of Americans are bilingual compared to 52% of the rest of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Many people used to think that learning a foreign language was a mark of intelligence and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Now, many Americans think learning a foreign language is useless. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Statistics <ul><li>82% of US population speak English as a native language </li></ul><ul><li>96% of US population speak “well” English </li></ul><ul><li>May 18 th 2006, US senate voted on a amendment to declare English as the national language, but was dismissed when the House failed to agree </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish is the 2 nd most common language and is spoken by 13% of population (13 million) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Colorado Central Station Casino Lawsuit Case <ul><li>In 1998 the casino housekeeping supervisors tried to implement a blanket English only policy </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of staff were Hispanic with very few English speaking people </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons stated: were for safety and fear of non-Spanish speaking people being talked about behind their backs. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Colorado Central Station Casino Lawsuit Case <ul><li>When found speaking Spanish the supervisors would yell at them “English, English, English” </li></ul><ul><li>The EEOC investigated and filed a law suit in March 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Settlement was for $1.5 million to the Hispanic workers </li></ul><ul><li>In addition the Casino has to provide training so that discrimination dose not happen again </li></ul>
    16. 16. R.D’s Drive In <ul><li>Located in Page, Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1980’s </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by Kidman family </li></ul><ul><li>Over the years they have hired and trained over 11 hundred employees; 90 percent were Navajos </li></ul>
    17. 17. Allegations <ul><li>After complaints from employees about some Navajo employees talking about bad about them in the Navajo language. </li></ul><ul><li>Kidmans decided to implement a “English Only” policy during work hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Navajo workers filed complaint with the EEOC who then filed a lawsuit against the Kidman's. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 <ul><li>Declaration of Sentiments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain rights; that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit to happiness </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Sources <ul><li> - </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Race, Class, and Gender in the United States by Paula S. Rothenberg </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>