FRAMINGHAM - FRAMINGHAM - While they worked at the Salvation Army's thrift store in downtown in 2004, managers chastised Dolores Escorbor and Maria del Carmen Perdomo for speaking Spanish among themselves, said federal officials.
"They were told, in more than one occasion, not to speak Spanish," said Estela Diaz, trial attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's New York office, which has filed a suit for discrimination against the Salvation Army on behalf of Escorbor and Perdomo.
"These two women spoke little to no English and were told to speak English," said Diaz. "If you're a teacher or you deal with customers, you may have to speak English, but for Escorbor and Perdomo, speaking English was not necessary to do their jobs."
Both Escorbor, 56, who hails from the Dominican Republic, and Perdomo, 47, a native of El Salvador, worked at the thrift store sorting clothes since 1999. For nearly five years, the women spoke Spanish to communicate with each other, and they were good employees, Diaz said.
But in 2004, the suit said, the Salvation Army enforced a written English- language policy and asked employees who could not speak English adequately to learn English. In December 2005, according to the suit, both Escorbor and Perdomo were fired for "failing to learn English and for speaking Spanish."
For the EEOC, the actions of the well-known charity were in this case "unlawful employment practices,"
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