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June 14, 2013

Whole Foods revises employee language policy

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —

Employees who don't understand English are asked to tell a manager who will help with translation, the policy said.

Walter said the company has sent the original and revised policy to the New Mexico LULAC and the American Civil Liberties Union for their feedback. He said Whole Foods will "continue to have conversations with these organizations."

Ralph Arellanes, state director of New Mexico LULAC, said the new policy was a "step in the right direction" and was looking forward to speaking further with company officials during a scheduled meeting next month.

"Usually when something like this is uncovered there are other issues beneath the surface that need to be addressed, like the demographic of employees and management structures," Arellanes said. "New Mexico isn't a foreign country but (Hispanics) have a history here that goes back 400 years."

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