[lg policy] Local Albertsons sued over no-Spanish policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri May 4 11:00:23 EDT 2018

Local Albertsons sued over no-Spanish policy
Posted 3:15 PM, May 3, 2018, by City News Service
<http://fox5sandiego.com/author/city-news-service/>, Updated at 04:04PM,
May 3, 2018

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SAN DIEGO — An Albertsons in San Diego is accused of subjecting Hispanic
employees to harassment and a hostile work environment by implementing a
no-Spanish policy, in a new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission Thursday.

According to the lawsuit, beginning in late 2012, an Albertsons store on
Lake Murray Boulevard prohibited employees from speaking Spanish around
non- Spanish speakers, including when they spoke to Spanish-speaking
customers and during breaks.

The EEOC alleges that Albertsons managers publicly reprimanded Hispanic
employees caught speaking Spanish. The EEOC also contends that no
corrective action was taken, despite numerous employee complaints, forcing
employees to transfer to other stores.

“Employers have to be aware of the consequences of certain language
policies,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Los Angeles
District Office, which includes San Diego County in its jurisdiction.
“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.”

According to the company’s website, the Albertsons chain is one of the
largest food and drug retailers in the United States, employing about
280,000 people across 35 states. Albertsons operates under 19 well-known
banners, including Albertsons, Vons, Safeway and Pavilions, and reaches
more than 2,300 communities.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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