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  • Not Bi-Lingual

    I'm a manager in a retail store. The store manager, other managers and Sales Associates continually speak Spanish amongst themselves. There are
    e-mails posted in Spanish and notes with important instructions written in
    Spanish.

    I personally (I'm sure others feel the same way) feel very excluded when
    the other members of the management team hold part of the meeting in
    a language I don't understand.

    I've been told that I some training to be promoted to the next level. There never seems to be time to train me, but...there seems to be plenty of time to train a spanish speaking Associate.


    I feel this is a form of discrimination?

    Thanks in Advance...

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    Being able to speak Spanish is not a protected characteristic. Anyone can learn to speak Spanish. You can learn to speak Spanish if you are Chinese, Norwegian, Lithuanian or Kenyan.

    So as the question is worded, no, discrimination based on the fact that you are not bi-lingual is not illegal discrimination.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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