Whole Foods Workers Suspended for Speaking Spanish

The company's Rocky Mountain Region Executive Marketing Coordinator Ben Friedland  says Whole Foods believes in "having a uniform form of communication" in order to provide employees with a safe working environment. "Team members are free to speak any language they would like during their breaks, meal periods and before and after work," said Friedland.

According to Ralph Arellanes, state director of New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens, Whole Foods' policy violates New Mexico's state constitution, which protects Spanish and American Indian languages.