Bilingual shouldn’t be a requirement




I recently read an ad in a local paper. It read, “Subway now hiring. Experience preferred. Bilingual, apply in person.”

This ad seems to me to discriminate against all non-Spanish speaking people—so much for any student needing part-time work or for any unemployed father or mother or others willing to work in the fast food industry if they cannot speak Spanish.

For this area, bilingual is speaking Spanish. It’s enough that our jobs go out of the country. Some businesses right here prefer to employ only foreign speakers.

I know their employers need to understand their Latino customers, but immigrants need to speak enough English to order a sandwich and fries.

I’m not saying don’t hire bilinguals. I’m just asking where the equal opportunity here is.

Marcy Kofford
Thousand Oaks