Is speaking Spanish in an English speaking work environment illegal in Illinois?
Probably not illegal, but certainly rude and inconsiderate to
speak in a way that others do not understand you. Many will assume
that you are talking about them. If others feel that you are
talking about them they may become quite upset with you, perhaps
justifiably so. * The legality issue is still undecided, although
as it now stands an employer can require ""English only" with a few
exceptions. An employer can require employees to speak English when
they are actually on the job but not while they are on breaks or
during meal periods. Nor can the employer (whether it makes sense
or not), require an employee to speak English if he or she does not
know the language. The assumption being that if the employer hires
a non English speaking person said person cannot be discharged for
not learning English. Obviously the matter is unclear in all
aspects and will likely remain so for quite some time to come.