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Comment by once banned twice shy on June 7, 2013 at 11:38am

Hmmm...Whole Foods's side of the story is a bit of a hedge.  They say the two workers were suspended for being "disrespectful."  Well, couldn't Whole Foods consider speaking Spanish while on the job disrespectful?  An earlier news story had a Whole Foods spokesperson as saying their policy was that workers were to speak English while on the clock--allowed to speak another language during breaks, lunches and with non-English-speaking customers, but English any other time.  So...this current explanation sounds like a wiggle from Whole Foods to me.

Comment by Phil_0 on June 7, 2013 at 12:04pm

Yeah, it's sketchy. The Journal has a new story today with even more qualifications and hedges from WF...it's not really obvious exactly what actually happened, but WF corporate has clearly decided it's not good publicity.

Comment by RunLikeADog on June 7, 2013 at 4:23pm
If the use of English is specifically noted in their policy, I don't see what the big deal is. I believe an employer is allowed to put such conditions in place as long as the employees understand that it is a requirement of their employment.
Comment by misterhinkydink on June 7, 2013 at 10:31pm

Legal doesn't mean we should like it.

Comment by Izquierdo on June 8, 2013 at 9:49am

How about starting a petition to Whole Foods, asking it to rename its Albuquerque store. Burque Whole Foods as a ring to it.. Actually, I think it's a division of Monsanto, given some of the stuff I've seen in there. Never bought anything though. I only walked through a couple of time after in gobbled up Wild Oats, a truely great health food store that gave senior discounts on certain days. And speaking of Wild Oats, why didn't Whole Foods have the good sense to retain Wild Oats as the new name. You gotta go for the appealing name as Norwest Bank did when it bought out Wells Fargo. You can't lose a good logo like a stagecoach and horses. CEO problem at Monsanto, I guess, as we've seen repeatedly.

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Comment by hettie on June 8, 2013 at 2:27pm

For the record, Whole Foods isn't owned by or affiliated with Monsanto. Doesn't mean they're not jerks, just not associated.

Comment by RunLikeADog on June 9, 2013 at 9:44am
How about you start a petition, Izquierdo and let us know how it goes. I don't particularly care for Whole Payckeck, but that doesn't mean I want to necessarily go out and try to ruin their business especially if they aren't doing anything wrong.
Comment by Phil_0 on June 11, 2013 at 12:38pm

For anyone still following this story: http://news.yahoo.com/whole-foods-reviewing-language-policy-1629359...

Sounds like WF is "reviewing their policy," La Gober goes (somewhat blandly and generically) on the record that they should change it, and LULAC is threatening a lawsuit if they don't.

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