New Mexico Governor Glad Whole Foods Reviewing Language Rule

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she's glad Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM  ) is reviewing its employee language policy after two of its Spanish-speaking workers in Albuquerque were suspended.

Martinez is a Republican and the nation's only Latina governor. She told The Associated Press on Friday that Spanish is "part of the fabric of what makes New Mexico great."

Whole Foods' policy says all English-speaking workers must speak English to customers and other employees while on the clock, unless the customer speaks another language.

The Austin, Texas-based organic grocery chain says it's reexamining its policy after the two Albuquerque workers said they were suspended after complaining about it. Whole Foods Market says the suspensions were for "rude" behavior.


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