You might not realise, but various organisations have already issued statements condemning discrimination based on mother tongue. Below are the ones I’m aware of. If you know any others, please comment below:
- Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU
- EU Commission Communication on Free Movement of Workers
- California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Statement opposing discrimination against Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) and teachers with “non-standard” varieties of English
- TESOL International Statement on Non-Native Speakers of English and hiring practices
- The Association of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) Position Statement Against Discrimination on the Grounds of Nationality, Ethnicity or Linguistic Heritage (2014): click here to read.
- CELT Athens Equal Opportunities Policy
- TESOL Spain Position Statement against discriminatory job ads – visit their website here and watch my interview with the current president here.
- Association of Private Language Schools in Andalucía (ACEIA) – you can read the complete position statement against discrimination in Spanish here. Below is an extract in English:
In compliance with Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, ACEIA stands in opposition to discrimination against teachers on the basis of their national, ethnic, religion, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, in terms of hiring, promotion, recruitment for jobs, or employment conditions.With respect to the common, long-standing notion, unsupported by research, that a certain ethnicity, accent, or national background gives a person an advantage as a teacher of English ACEIA firmly believes that all teachers should be evaluated and valued solely on the basis of their teaching competence, teaching experience, formal education and linguistic expertise. Therefore, ACEIA does not condone job announcements that list “native English”.