Heated words over bilingual jobs in Highland Park

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:

“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.”

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