The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regional office in Chicago is hoping to shift the traditional burden of proof from employees to employers in a controversial discrimination suit involving the use of English-only work rules.

That pending EEOC suit accuses a local unit of St. Louis-based Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. of imposing a blanket English-only policy on several of its Illinois Hispanic workers and then taking action against those who complained. EEOC v. Watlow-Batavia Inc., No. 99 C 1435.

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