The globalization of America has reached a new low due to political correctness on the left. A lawsuit has been filed that states Albertsons grocery stores violated the rights of Hispanic employees in San Diego. How did they do that? They did so with a common sense policy to learn the English language to get a job at the company.
It may sound like something that could never happen in this country, but it has. Slip and fall lawyers say a policy forbidding workers to speak Spanish around non-Spanish speakers, even when conversing with each other during breaks or helping Spanish-speaking customers is wrong, according to a new lawsuit.
Enter the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Yes, they sued Albertsons Companies, Inc., on Thursday in federal court. The lawsuit accuses the Idaho-based chain of discriminating against Hispanic employees at San Diego-area stores, harassing them and subjecting them to a hostile workplace because of their race or country of origin.
In other words, it has come to a point in this country that the majority of the people have no right to understand what is being said to them in a place of business. But as was said so fancifully by the ambulance chasers, “Employers have to be aware of the consequences of certain language policies,” Anna Park, an attorney for the commission’s district office covering San Diego County, said in a statement on Thursday. “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.”
Huh? What did she just say?
According to the lawsuit, the national grocery retailer is one of the country’s largest, employing some 280,000 employees across 35 states. The company’s stores serve about 2,300 communities and operate under 19 well-known banners, including Albertsons, Vons and Safeway.
It is their contention that those people who have refused to learn English, or are too lazy to do so, do not have to. As a result of their “rights,” we the people will be placed in the position to actually serve the servers by misunderstanding or not communicating at all with them.
In approximately 2012, Albertsons developed an unwritten “English-only policy,” which Albertsons “implemented as essentially a no Spanish policy,” the lawsuit alleges. “In a training video, managers and employees were instructed that employees should not speak Spanish as long as there was a non-Spanish speaking person present.” It is more than a bit hard to understand what the real problem is here. If one were to try to work in any other country on the planet, not knowing the language, odds are they would remain unemployed.
But the U.S. is now permeated with far left liberals who perceive everyone of color as a victim. Those of us who are white are aggressors who are bullying our brown, black and yellow friends.
Here is an example of the victimization:
An upper-level manager at an Albertsons store on Lake Murray Boulevard in San Diego allegedly communicated to Hispanic employees, including Guadalupe Zamorano and Hermelinda Stevenson, that “they could not speak Spanish anywhere on the premises regardless of whether they were on break,” according to the lawsuit. They were also forbidden to speak Spanish to Spanish-speaking customers, the lawsuit says.
Enter David Loy, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego. Of course he said he did not know enough about the facts of the lawsuit to comment on it specifically. However, and this is a big however, typically, English-only policies must be justified by a business as a necessity, such as for safety reasons.
Why is that? Is English not the language of a vast majority of Americans? Is it possible to be successful at most fields of business not speaking the unofficial national language? Must we make exceptions to everything in this new liberal society? Is there a shred of common sense left?
Loy says the manager and others allegedly “harassed” Hispanic employees about speaking Spanish, threatened them with discipline and publicly reprimanded them for allegedly speaking the language because managers didn’t like it. They said non-Hispanic employees were not similarly harassed or subjected to the no Spanish policy, the lawsuit said.
Well gosh, maybe that was because they spoke English? Is there anyone left in a position of responsibility that will stand up to this liberal invasion on common sense. Is everyone destined to be a victim? The liberals’ dictionary for comeback remarks on almost anything is to call the accuser a racist or a bigot. When will this tactic fall on deaf ears?
The lawsuit asked the court to order Albertsons to stop discriminating against employees based on their national origin, to compensate the aggrieved employees for monetary losses and emotional pain according to proof at trial, to award punitive damages and to pay the EEOC’s legal costs. It appears until American business and its citizens do not stand up to this ridiculous, overblown political correctness, we will be the ultimate victims.