Whole Foods reviews language policy

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Posted: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 am

Whole Foods Market is reviewing its employee language policy after two of its Spanish-speaking workers in New Mexico said they were suspended after complaining about it, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

The move comes after two employees at an Albuquerque store said they were suspended for a day after recently complaining about a company rule that they say forbids them from speaking Spanish to each other while on the job.

Whole Foods says the two were suspended for “rude” behavior. Ben Friedland, the company's Rocky Mountain region executive marketing coordinator, said the policy states that all English-speaking workers must speak English to customers and other employees while on the clock, unless the customer speaks another language.

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