Geno's, one of the two self-proclaimed creators of the Philly Cheesesteak, has been charged with discrimination by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights. The charge stems from a sign in the restaurant stating "This is America … When Ordering Speak English."
The Commission charges that the sign intimidates non-English speakers and gives the wrong impression of Philadelphia. Owner Joey Vento claims he has no intention of removing the sign, but also notes that no one has been denied service over the issue.
The South Philadelphia neighborhood has been an Italian enclave for the last century, but the Mexican immigrant population has grown over the past decade.
Tip: English-only rules are being challenged nationwide by anti-discrimination agencies, including the EEOC. For advice on creating a legal English-only language policy, go to www.eeoc.gov/origin/index.html.