Boss Speaks to Spanish Speakers Only

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about Spanish only in meetings.

I work in a cannery in CA. Most of the workers there only speak Spanish. After work, my boss only held a meeting in Spanish. Can he do this? Three of us speak only English and had no idea what was going on. He is very rude to the English speaking employees. What can I do?

Signed, Left Out

Dear Left Out:

You have a voice and can politely ask what your boss has said. Quit thinking you are treated unfairly and that your boss is rude. He could simply think you understand Spanish even though you don’t speak Spanish to him. Does he know you can’t understand Spanish? During a meeting you could raise your hand and ask for him to tell you what he was saying in English. Did you do that?

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