What is your opinion on this situation?
Yesterday I was in a supermarket that belongs to a small chain of stores in my area. It specializes in East European, mostly Polish, food, but its customers are not only Polish, but are of many different ethnicities, including Romanians, Russians, Slovaks and very many ordinary Americans. Nonetheless, even though it is not a family business, EVERY employee in the store is from Poland. The employees are not related; it’s just that the store doesn’t hire people who are not from Poland. When I was there yesterday, I saw many advertisements posted around the store that said they wanted to hire someone for warehouse and stock room help. However, the advertisements were only in Polish. It was clear that they were trying to make sure that only people from Poland applied for the job. I asked one of the employees whether an applicant who wasn’t from Poland would be considered for the job, and in a shocked, angry voice, she answered, “I DON’T KNOW!”
Do you think this is fair?
Compare this to the ordinary American supermarket in my area. They hire people from any country, including people who don’t speak English yet. I see Albanians there who are now managers but didn’t know English when they were first hired. Now these Albanians are hiring Bengalis and people from still other countries, many of whom speak only a little English right now. One of my friends was hired by a department store before she could speak much English, and in half a year she was put in charge of the stock room.
What’s your opinion on all this?