UPDATE: Whole Foods has responded.
Et tú, Whole Foods?
According to an Associated Press story published by NBC Latino, two Whole Foods employees said that they were suspended from their jobs “after complaining about being told they couldn’t speak Spanish to each other while on the job.”
The story said that these two employees worked in an Albuquerque, New Mexico store and that they got a one-day suspension after they were told that “Spanish was not allowed during work hours.”
The story also said that Whole Foods has an English-only policy in place:
Ben Friedland, Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain Region Executive Marketing Coordinator, says the Austin, Texas-based company believes in “having a uniform form of communication” for a safe working environment.
Friedland says company policy states that all English speaking workers must speak English to customers and other employees while on the clock.
So, if Spanish is not allowed at the stores, how does Whole Foods explain these features from their own web site?
Salud! Cooking School
Feisty Fiesta Dishes for Cinco de Mayo: We’re sorry, but this is Spanish! Suspended!
Or a Latin Party from Putumayo? Suspend this party now! They are singing in Spanish!
Here’s what we say to you, Whole Foods.
For those who only speak English, that means SUCK IT.
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It is pretty much a rule of thumb almost everywhere in the United States that employees should speak English during working hours. If they want to work there they need to follow the rules. It is very rude to speak a different language in front of people who do not understand what you are saying. Common sense people!! Whole Foods is not ridicoulous and shameful.
I like it. Thanks!
lauramedrano And how can they speak to French speaking people, Germans, Italians, etc.? EU should not exist because they can’t speak with each other. How do they do it?
We go to Indian restaurants and asked them what the name of their menu means? Some hardly speak English. I have learn some Sanskrit, Chinese and Italian. What was the Roman language when most of the word was theirs. What languages does the real Americans spoke? Do Catholics speak Hebrew? Which language is the most longest lived?
I believe that the school system is at fault for the inability to teach other languages. Most countries does. Regardless if we want it or not, what will be the language spoken in USA in the near future?
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