The conversion of the former Big Lots store in Highland Park into an El Super market triggered a debate over the preservation of the mid-century structure on York Boulevard. This weekend, El Super generated more buzz among the member on the Northeast Los Angeles List when a posting about an upcoming job fair noted that the store required all applicants to be bilingual in English & Spanish:
Heated words over bilingual jobs in Highland Park
“So if you do not speak Spanish you may not apply?
“You may apply even if you don’t speak Spanish, but you may not be hired.”
“Last time I checked that was called discrimination. Oh, I forgot its ok if your the wrong color.”
“Why not [require] French so that we can speak with all the Vietmanese; Morrocan, South African immigrants.”
“As a South African immigrant, I can tell you we don’t speak French. I do speak Spanish though (not very well) – as a resident of California I found it necessary in my first year here to learn the (local) language.”