Source: Russell Contreras / NBC News
Whole Foods Market, threatened with a national boycott over its English-only language policy for workers on the job, said on Friday it was reviewing the rules after two Spanish-speaking workers in New Mexico claimed they were suspended for complaining.
The Austin, Texas-based organic grocery chain is re-examining the policy “and it will be the topic of ongoing conversations at an all-leadership conference next week,” company spokeswoman Libba Letton said in a statement.
The move comes after two employees at an Albuquerque Whole Foods store said they were suspended for a day after recently complaining about a company rule that forbids them from speaking Spanish to each other while on the job. But Letton said the store launched an investigation based on the claims and determined the employees misunderstood and were not told that they couldn’t speak Spanish.
She said the two were suspended with pay for being “rude and disrespectful” in an office. “Their suspension was due to their behavior alone,” she said.
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