The former head of the Brooklyn-based Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union is suing the financial institution, claiming he was fired because he refused to follow its policy: hiring only workers of Polish descent.
The executive believes the policy constituted “unlawful racial, ancestral, and ethnic employee hiring and retention.”
According to his lawsuit, the firing may also have had something to do with his decision in May 2012 to terminate the credit union’s general counsel, who is of Polish origins.
Note: Employers may not discriminate on the basis of national origin or ancestry. However, employers may require employees to speak a particular language if it is necessary to communicate with customers. To do so, employers must mention in the job description that speaking the language is an essential function of the job.