The Language Barrier

The Language Barrier

Sondra Simpson Journal of Critical Incidents
January 01, 2015
SKU: BUS-484

Region of the world: North America
Topic: Ethics & Social Justice
Keywords: self-management, discrimination, hostile work environment, English as a second language, immigrant issues, stress management
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This critical incident describes a discrimination issue between an employee at a retail store and an angry customer. The incident illustrates the issue of language discrimination in the workplace. An employee did not understand what the customer needed because the customer was not clear with her request. Then, she began to ridicule the employee because English was not her primary language. The primary purpose of this critical incident is to learn basic undergraduate organizational behavior concepts to demonstrate the ways an individual can cope with language discrimination in the workplace.