Forever 21 Sued For Allegedly Discriminating Against Spanish-Speaking Employees


Forever 21 is in hot water once again.

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The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against the popular retailer, alleging that the store implemented an English-only policy. According to the suit, filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court, the store’s "English-Only policy prohibited [its] employees from speaking any language other than English during work hours, including during employee rest breaks [...] and was enforced primarily against its Spanish-speaking employees.”

Three Forever 21 employees, Francisco Leon, Ignacio Martinez and Freddy Tovar, were allegedly subjected to verbal abuse from their managers for speaking Spanish with customers and among themselves. According to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Forever 21’s policy violated California state law, which notes it is "unlawful for an employer to adopt or enforce a policy that limits or prohibits the use of any language in any workplace, unless the language restriction if justified by a business necessity and the employer notified its employees of the circumstances [in advance].”

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However, this is not the first time the fashion giant has been sued for allegedly discriminating against their employees. In 2015, a transgender woman named Alexia Daskalaski filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 for mocking and firing her during her transition.