On June 23, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill permitting English-only policies in the workplace. Well, sort of. The law adds a new section to the Tennessee Human Rights Act that declares: It is not a discriminatory practice for an employer to institute a policy in the employer's workplace that requires all employees speak only in English at certain times when the employer has a legitimate business necessity for such a policy, including but not limited to the safe and efficient operation of the employer's business . . .
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