The Minneapolis personal insurance office of banking giant Wells Fargo has agreed to settle an EEOC race and national origin discrimination claim.
According to the complaint, a supervisor told an woman she was not allowed to speak Spanish in the workplace during her off-duty time. She complained to HR that she was being treated differently than other employees working in the office.
She alleges that Wells Fargo responded by disciplining her and ultimately firing her.
She filed a complaint with the EEOC, which investigated and determined that Wells Fargo discriminated against her.
Instead of taking the case to trial, the bank agreed to a settlement under which it will pay the former employee $295,000.
Additionally, managers and supervisors in the personal insurance office must undergo four hours of training on the Civil Rights Act and English-only workplace policies.
Note: Employers must demonstrate that an English-only policy is of business necessity.