There are jobs out there where a perfect command of the English language is a reasonable requirement. There are also a whole lot where it is not, but that doesn't stop racist and xenophobic people from guarding the gates to employment.
This story from Twitter user @staleboba about how her dad received an offensive email with a threat about his English has set off a firestorm on the Internet. No one is happy with how he was treated, especially since the rejection email wasn't exactly perfect:
She later updated to say her dad wasn't destroyed by this interaction. He was just a bit taken aback.
It wasn't the rejection as much as the tone of the email that offended them both.
Or as she tweeted:
After her dad's story went viral, a lot of people reached out to say that this was textbook workplace discrimination and pretty illegal:
Her dad had been working as a truck driver for 13 years, and was recently laid off. He works on his English every day, but has obviously been a competent employee for years.
People started calling the company to complain about Bruce Peterson. Some of them were calling the wrong company.
@Staleboba's dad was overwhelmed by the support:
And then they found out that Bruce Peterson had gotten his comeuppence: He'd reportedly been fired.
Many were saying they should push harder and turn it into a lawsuit, but the family didn't want to go that far. @Stableboba shared a message saying thank you and a pic of her dad's English study sheet.
It also looks like this viral thread might help him find a job.
People helping each other is what America should be about.