What are my rights when told I'm not being hired because I don't speak spanish?

I am highly qualified for this job.. They have other people working there that speak spanish that aren't as qualified as I am. It is not listed in the job requirements that you have to speak apsnish. I'm an American why shouldn't I get a good job because I don't speak some other countries language? If you're going to live here you need to learn the language!

I can sense your frustration and I understand where you are coming from, however, in most states the law will be on the side of the employer because they are able to pick and choose who represents their company and who does not. Even though they should have been up front with you on the fact that they want only bilingual employees, I don't think they have violated any laws. I know in Wisconsin some employers have a history of not hiring people with visible tatoos, body piercings or "unnatural" hair colors and the courts have sided with employers in all of these cases.

You can follow up with the US Dept. of Labor on their site http://www.dol.gov. There is a questions area and a complaint link if you want to speak to someone about your case, but you need to ask yourself if you really want to work for this company after all of this. If the DOL crawls up their butt and gets you a job there you would be ill advised to turn it down - so decide if you really want the job or not. You will most certainly not get any other settlement other than a potential job.

I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear, but Good Luck in your search.
You're Fired
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Why not learn Spanish? As an American you should be hardworking and industrious- not skating by with the bare minimum. If learning a simple language like spanish can advance your career, why wouldn't you?! It's useful to know more than one language.
I can sense your frustration unfortunately this is the way our country has been moving to for a long time. Our ancestors were well aware of this fact and would be glad to be dead and gone.
While it seems unfair the company may do a lot of business with bilingual people who speak Spanish. While that requirement may not be listed in their job description it does not mean it's not a description.

So get over it, move on and find something else. When one door closes another one opens.
If speaking spanish is an important skill for doing the job, then you shouldn't be hired.
You dont. If the job calls for a bi-lingual employee and you dont fit the bill, you dont get the job. Simple.
if its not listed in the requirements i got one word for you DISCRIMINATION. and yes you can call the labor board and raise h3ll about it but in the end would it really be worth it if you bosses were forced to hire you?? would be a tense work envoronment.
Welcome to the downfall of the United States.
Yes, it sucks... but language is not a protection under the EEOC.

Just race, religion, sex, etc.

It's very wrong... this is why English needs to be officially named as the official language of the USA.

There was a case in South Florida where a tenant was evicted because he did not speak spanish, even though he paid rent and had no problems for past 8 years.

Very, very wrong.
This a good one!! I left the state for the same discriminative reasons!!I could not get a job at Mc donnalds of all places!!In California they do this mostly in southern Ca.This is dicrimination get a lawyer! Get some legal advice.
Doesn't really sound like the kind of place that you would enjoy working at anyway. I would move on and be happy in the realization that they were not bright enough to hire you.
Send the President of the company a nice letter telling him how his company is being run by incompetents that are using unethical hiring practices.
Get a job as a policewoman and give the guy that wouldn't hire you a ticket once a week. Vengence is good!
Amen sister!
thank 'affirmative action', many who are more qualified lose out to those who are less qualified. the ACLU at work for you.

if it was not listed in the job description and you were told specifically this was why you weren't hired, then you have a law suit, but it would be costly unless you could find a lawyer who would take it on contingency.
Unfortunately there are not labor laws regarding discrimination based upon linguistic ability. Would you hire someone for a call center job if they spoke poor english? No. Companies are not required in any way to list all of the requirements of a given position. If they need someone who can communicate with their spanish speaking clientele then that's how it is. It is not professional for them not to list this as a requirement, but there's nothing you can do.
A small business can decide not to hire you for whatever reason they wish, as long as it is not on the litany of federal no-no's, such as gender or race or sexual orientation.

If it's a business with a large hispanic client base, for example, which I assume it may be, then they are perfectly within their rights to deny you the position.
sadly the employer can require you to speak spanish..I have had to do alot of things that weren't in my job requirements..the boss was paying me so I had a choice..continue to work or find another job..Good Luck
I am not sure about the rights portion of your question. Language is not one of the protected items Equal Opportunity Act. Race is, but you weren't told that you weren't hired because you weren't Spanish, just that you didn't speak it.

As for not speaking another contries language - the business world is becoming increasingly multinational. Learning a language or two only betters your resume.

P.S. Technically we do not have a National language in the US.
If speaking spanish is not in the job requirements then I think you got a point. You need to prove that you have better qualifications than the other applicants.

However, if two applicants are equal in qualifications then speaking another language or any other skill may be the tip that settles the tie.
If it's a requirement for the job, then I'm sorry but you are not as qualified as you think. A business with several Spanish-speaking clients has every right to require that you speak Spanish to get the job because once hired, you'll be less useful to them than if they had just hired a Spanish speaker. This isn't an immigration issue, it's a business issue. Bringing your political views into it is pointless.
Be more competitive and LEARN Spanish. People who refuse to learn other languages are obviously NOT qualified. We live in an GLOBAL world and have to GLOBALIZE. Stop excusing yourself and improve your educational skills.
If it was not clearly listed on the job description, or in that jobs roles and responsibilities that you speak Spanish, but you were later told that you must speak Spanish to get the job, then you have a case of pretty clear racial discrimination. Call the Department of Labor and lodge a complaint. You still won't get hired, but they will force them to make it a job description requirement. If you win with the Dept of Labor, you may also have a case against them in civil court. Contact an attorney specializing in Labor law to find out if they believe it worth pursuing.
An employer has the right to hire and fire whomever they want for whatever reason, IMO. It may be unfair, and it may suck if you're the one who didn't get the job, but you have no right to the job.

And I do not believe that the government has the authority to intrude into private business hiring and firing practices like it does. That, as far as I can discern, is contrary to all the economic freedom beliefs this country was founded upon.
Check with the labor board and/or the Better Business Bureau.
consider this: i've got a job for someone of your qualifications. you are more or less right for the job. thing is, once an hour i need you to < fill in the blanks >. unfortunately you lack the skills to do this part of the job. guess what? you don't get the job. discrimination? not.
None, and if you did had any, you probably just lost them with that attitude.

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