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A Lawsuit Claims That Employees In San Diego-Area Albertsons Were Banned From Speaking Spanish

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Albertsons is facing controversy after a new lawsuit claims the retailer forbid employees from speaking Spanish in San Diego-area stores. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the retail chain developed the unwritten policy in 2012. Employees who were caught speaking Spanish would be publicly reprimanded by store managers, according to the lawsuit. Despite multiple employee complaints, the supermarket chain did not change the policy, forcing some employees to transfer.

A lawsuit filed by the EEOC claims employees in some stores were barred from speaking Spanish while working, including to Spanish-speaking customers.

The lawsuit specifies an Albertsons store located San Diego as subjecting “Hispanic employees to harassment and a hostile work environment” due to the imposed policies.

“It is extremely important for workers to feel safe in coming forward to report harassment,” Christopher Green, EEOC’s San Diego office director, told NBC San Diego. “It is equally important for employers to make certain that harassment is investigated and addressed appropriately.”

According to the lawsuit, an upper-level manager at an Albertsons store told Latino employees that “they could not speak Spanish anywhere on the premises regardless of whether they were on break.”

“While we cannot comment on this pending litigation specifically, Albertsons does not require that its employees speak English only,” company spokeswoman Jenna Watkinson told the LA Times. “Albertsons serves a diverse customer population and encourages employees with foreign language abilities to use those skills to serve its customers.”

Yet, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Albertsons employees Guadalupe Zamorano and Hermelinda Stevenson both filed complaints to management in 2012 after they were reprimanded for speaking Spanish. Both eventually requested transfers to different stores citing harassment.

There has been immediate backlash on social media due to claims of the lawsuit.

Many are defending the workers and even calling for a boycott to the supermarket chain, which employs some 280,000 employees across 35 states.

Coincidentally Albertsons posted a tweet about Cinco de Mayo that has some calling them “hypocrites”.

The lawsuit asks the court to order Albertsons to stop discriminating against employees based on their national origin, to compensate the aggrieved employees for monetary losses and emotional pain according to proof at trial, to award punitive damages and to pay the EEOC’s legal costs.


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20 Telenovela Theme Songs That'll Instantly Transport You To Your Childhood

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20 Telenovela Theme Songs That’ll Instantly Transport You To Your Childhood

When you grow up watching telenovelas, all you need is the first few seconds of a familiar theme song to take you right back to the chisme of your childhood friends like Luz Clarita and Teresa. Here are some of the best!

1. “Maria la del Barrio” by Thalía

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Canciones de Novelas

? The theme song for Thalía’s final role in the “Trilogia de las Marias” is a salsa anthem for the young and humble Maria. It was an upbeat number from the telenovela that catapulted villain Soraya Montenegro into legendary meme status. ¡Maldita lisiada!

2. “Luz Clarita” by Daniela Luján

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/ElManiaque

Who can forget “Luz claritaaaaa”? The lyrics for this theme song revolved around sunshine, love and happiness — much like the telenovela about this adorable orphan.

3. “Esmeralda” by Javier Rodríguez

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Dogland

Oh “Esmeralda,” thank you for creating the soundtrack to watching the eternal television hunk, Fernando Colunga. ? ?

4. “Soñadoras” by Sentidos Opuestos

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/SoñadorasVEVO

The techno beats! The huge-ass barrette clip in Aracely Arambula’s hair! The front-wedgie bikinis! Everything about the theme song from the “Soñadoras” telenovela screams ’90s – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

5. “Agujetas De Color De Rosa” by Curvas Peligrosas

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/namcan

If you were a Latina in the early ’90s, this was your JAM. The bubblegum pop lyrics were just as catchy and cheeky as the pink shoelaces on Iran Castillo’s figure skates.

6. “Esa Hembra Es Mala” by Gloria Trevi

Credit: Televisa / YouTube

Teresa’s conniving ways lead multiple men to fall in love with her, made her the perfect muse for Gloria Trevi, whose song features the lyrics “esa hembra te miente, esa hembra es mala, trae veneno en los labios.” ? ?

7. “Carrusel” by Astrid Morales, Jessica Morales and the Cast of Children

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/chuyster2010

“La vida es un carrusel,” according to the sweet (yet kinda creepy) telenovela theme song for “Carrusel.”

8. “Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto” by OV7

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Jose Bello

Ok, so if we casually ignore the fact that the relationship from “Mi Pequeña Traviesa” should never have happened in the first place (reality check: Michelle Veith’s character was in her teens when Héctor Soberón’s 30-ish character fell in love with her), the lyrics for this theme song are actually very sweet. Who wouldn’t want someone telling them they are falling in love with them more and more each day?

9. “Vuelve” by Ricky Martin

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/SuperConns

“O vuelveeeee, que sin tu la vida se me va” just makes us want to bust out our cell phones (or lighters if you are old-school) and start waving them slowly from side to side. Lyrics like “he intentado encontrarte en otras personas, no es igual” and “nos separa un abismo” are what dream telenovela theme songs are made of.  #Classic

10. “Rebelde” by RBD

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/325rita

Both “Rebelde” the telenovela and theme song launched the careers of one of Mexico’s most beloved pop groups, RBD. The song was the soundtrack for teen memories in the 2000s, cementing Dulce María, Anahí and Maite Perroni as the #squadgoals for lots of girls.

11. “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” by Bronco

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/hgbg89

Let’s take it waaay back to 1993, when Erik Estrada was cruising off his “CHiPs” motorcycle fame into telenovela stardom, canas and all. Although the song lyrics pretty much tell you everything you need about the telenovela’s plot, audiences could not get enough, making it one of Televisa’s most successful telenovelas in the past 20 years.

12. “Quinceañera” by Timbiriche

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/MariaThaliaAndPRO

Even if you have never watched a second of the telenovela “Quinceañera,” believe us, you WILL know the beginning notes of this telenovela theme classic. It has been used millions of times for real-life quince waltzes and grand entrances.

13. “Marimar” by Thalía

CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/maria la del barrio

Who else but Thalía would rise out from the sea like a Latina Aphrodite and wear leis in one of the most iconic openings of a telenovela? As soon as the queen of telenovelas starts dancing and squeals “Ay!” in the opening notes of the song you’re in for some DRAMA. Bring out the popcorn and get the marathon started!

14. “Coleccionista de Canciones” by Camila

CREDIT: novelasmexica / Instagram

The opening song of the Mexican novela Las Dos Caras de Ana was our first introduction to the super GOAT Latina Camila.

15. “Amigas y Rivales” by Kabah

CREDIT: arathdelatorre / Instagram

Let’s be real well before Sisterhood of The Travelings pants gave you Lina and Carmen, Amigas y Rivales was doing it way better with Jimena and Laura. It was the ultimate Degrassi meets Marimar mash up.

16. “A Donde Va Nuestro Amor” by Playa Limbo

CREDIT:  Youtube / Manuella Mayer

Long live the crazy plotine that was Muchacha Italiana Viene A Casarse. Nothing like a desperate need to take care of your ailing sister to get you to hitch your father’s wealthy archenemy.

17. “La Descarada” by Reyli

CREDIT: telenovelasrd / Instagram

For all the drama and tears Ruby gave you, you will never forget the intensity of this song.

18. “Dónde Irán” by La Quinta Estación

CREDIT: Youtube / HDCIXTEC

Clase 406 before Rebelde any day son.

19. “Rosa Salvaje” by Veronica Castro

CREDIT: vrocastroficial / Instagram

Shout out to abue and mama for getting you hooked on this theme song. Cristian Castro’s mom threw down the tunes in this novela.

20. “Rosalinda” by Thalia

CREDIT: Youtube / Gabriel Ezequiel

The Venezuelan remake of María Teresa had Thalia starring in one of the best novela plots of all time.

Which telenovela is your fave? Did we miss one? Tell us in the comments below!