English requirement in job description, ad

Our job descriptions from 1998 list as a job requirement "ability to read, write and speak English."  I am updating these and wonder what the current thought is for including this, which is a legitimate requirement for every job at my company, a research organization.  This is not an English-only requirement, so much of what I can find here so far doesn't apply.  Are there any cautions for including this as a job requirement?


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  • I'd be less worried about the advertisement than I would be about how it is enforced.  There's nothing wrong with having a company whose business is conducted in English and whose employees are expected to be able to read instructions, memos, etc. in English.  The problem generally crops up when someone has a problem with the non-business use of non-English languages.


    "Oh I just know they're talking about me."

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