Birds perch upon signage for an Albertsons grocery store in Burbank, California July 17, 2012. Albertsons is owned by Supervalu, the third-largest U.S. grocery chain with other brands such as Jewel-Osco and Save-A-Lot. C&S Wholesale Grocers would be interested in buying the distribution business of grocer Supervalu Inc, which last week said it was exploring a sale of all or part of the company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES) | Grocery Store Harassed Hispanic Workers
12:48 PM 05/04/2018
A San Diego grocery store allegedly harassed Hispanic workers for speaking Spanish during breaks, according to the New York Post Thursday.
Albertsons managers are accused of implementing a no Spanish speaking policy after reprimanding Hispanic employees for speaking their native language during breaks, according to a lawsuit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed. The managers alleged actions violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the EEOC. Managers also forced employees to speak English to other Spanish customers. Many of the Hispanic employees switched locations as a result of the allegedly hostile work environment.
“It is extremely important for workers to feel safe in coming forward to report harassment,” Christopher Green, the director of the San Diego branch of the EEOC, said in a press release. “It is equally important for employers to make certain that harassment is investigated and addressed appropriately.”
“Employers have to be aware of the consequences of certain language policies,” Anna Park, the regional attorney for EEOCs Los Angeles District Office, also noted in the EEOCs press release. “Targeting a particular language for censorship is often synonymous with targeting a particular national origin, which is both illegal and highly destructive to workplace morale and productivity.”
“While we cannot comment on this pending litigation specifically, Albertsons does not require that its employees speak English only. Albertsons serves a diverse customer population and encourages employees with foreign language abilities to use those skills to serve its customers,” an Albertsons spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Albertsons is a national grocery chain that employs approximately 280,000 people in 35 different states. The first store opened in Boise, Idaho, in 1939, according to their official website.
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