Minnesota: Macy's resolves Muslim employees complaints

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 14:56:01 UTC 2008

Posted at: 09/29/2008 01:53:30 PM

By: Becky Nahm

Macy's resolves Muslim employees complaints

 Edina Macy's investigated for English-only complaint [9.17]

A local Macy's department store has resolved complaints of
discrimination brought by Muslim employees who said they were told
they must speak English at work or risk being fired. The Minnesota
chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relation announced the
development Monday. CAIR-MN said an investigation by the company found
a low-level manager at Macy's Southdale Mall location in Edina told
employees Macy's had adopted an English-only policy. A company flier
obtained by CAIR-MN confirmed that the manager enforced the policy.

Macy's told CAIR-MN the information the manager gave out was
incorrect, and said both the flier and the manager's actions do not
represent Macy's policy. CAIR-MN said Macy's has met with employees.
Macy's explained that employees can speak any language they chose with
each other, but requested they speak a common language when
communicating with managers and supervisors.
"We applaud Macy's for its prompt and professional handling of this
case," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. "We encourage
all corporations to follow Macy's example and demonstrate a strong
commitment to racial, ethnic and religious diversity."
Macy's East and CAIR-MN plan to continue working together and
discussing diversity training.


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