Can employees be forced to speak English at work?

Earlier this year, BMW hit the headlines when Turkish employees working in a department at the German manufacturing plant were banned from speaking their native tongue. We spoke to the experts to find out...
Can employees be forced to speak English at work?

Earlier this year, BMW hit the headlines when some of their Turkish employees working at a German manufacturing plant were banned from speaking in their native tongue. Turkish newspaper The Daily Sabah reported that circa 20 German-Turkish workers in the vehicle processing centre, located in Garching bei München, were banned from communicating in Turkish during their shifts. It was also reported that the ban applied to the social areas that employees congregated in during work breaks meaning...

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