Unemployment compensation; employee's inability to speak English at workplace is misconduct. (SB339)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; not speaking English is misconduct. Provides that an employee's inability or refusal to speak English at the workplace, in violation of a known policy of the employer, constitutes misconduct. An individual who is found by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to have been discharged for misconduct connected with his work is disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits. The VEC may consider evidence of mitigating circumstances in determining whether misconduct occurred. Amends § 60.2-618, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/28/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


  • 01/08/2008 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080043216
  • 01/08/2008 Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • 01/15/2008 Impact statement from DPB (SB339)
  • 01/28/2008 Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Jerrianne Dawson writes:

GOOD JOB! If someone is hired understanding that his/her employment is a condition of improving their English skills in order to do the job needed, then YES that oersib should be able to be "let go" without compensation. The individual did not hold up their end of the contract.

Thank You, Sen. Cuccinelli for thinking of the small businessmen!