Tuesday, July 26, 2005

9th Circuit: Discrimination Can Extend To NAMES...

The 9th Cir. rules that it is unlawful discrimination for an employer to insist on calling a worker by an Anglicized nickname (in this case, "Manny") instead of his actual Arabic name. Click here for an article and here for the court's opinion...

I'm not sure if I agree with this. It would be one thing if the nickname was somehow pejorative (like to Texas law students referring to their professor from Connecticut as "Yankee" or "Liberal"), but some foreign names are just hard to pronounce. I spent a lot of the summer around people whose native dialect (Portuguese) prevents them from pronouncing "r" in certain words, and I would tease them by asking them to say, "Drury" (my full name) or "squirrel" - endless hours of entertainment, at least for me.

On the other hand, I suppose in today's world an adult should be able to request to be addressed however they want.