NM gov. glad Whole Foods reviewing language rule

NM Gov. Martinez glad Whole Foods is reviewing language policy amid flap, boycott threats

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Whole Foods reviewing language policy amid NM flap
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A Whole Foods Market in Albuquerque, N.M. is shown Thursday June 6, 2013 during lunch time. Two employees at this Albuquerque store say they were suspended last month after complaining about being told they couldn't speak Spanish to each other while on the job. A spokesman for the the Austin, Texas-based company says it believes in "having a uniform form of communication" for a safe working environment. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she's glad Whole Foods Market is reviewing its employee language policy after two of its Spanish-speaking workers in Albuquerque were suspended.

Martinez is a Republican and the nation's only Latina governor. She told The Associated Press on Friday that Spanish is "part of the fabric of what makes New Mexico great."

Whole Foods' policy says all English-speaking workers must speak English to customers and other employees while on the clock, unless the customer speaks another language.

The Austin, Texas-based organic grocery chain says it's re-examining its policy after the two Albuquerque workers said they were suspended after complaining about it. Whole Foods Market Inc. says the suspensions were for "rude" behavior.

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