California sues Forever 21, alleging English-only policy

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against retailer Fashion 21, alleging that the store has implemented an illegal English-only policy
By Nathan Frandino/Reuters
|employmentlawtoday.com|Last Updated: 03/31/2017

Retailer Forever 21 is under fire for allegedly implementing an English-only policy in its San Francisco store.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit this week, accusing the fashion chain of discrimination.

The suit accuses the store of retaliating against three Spanish-speaking employees who'd complained after allegedly being told that they had to communicate in English with customers and other employees.

State law prohibits English-only policies, except in rare circumstances.

The company denies having such a policy, saying it's "committed to diversity and inclusion" in all of its stores.

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