Aug 7, 2017
Sports Direct 'English-only' note a 'misunderstanding'
Sports Direct has apologised for issuing a notice that appeared to ban staff from speaking languages other than English in its Bangor store, saying it was a "Misunderstanding". The notice, which was printed on Sports Direct-headed paper, was criticised by Plaid Cymru AM Sian Gwenllian who said it was "Discriminatory" in an area where a lot of people speak Welsh. In a statement, the firm said the notice was intended to ensure that all staff fully understood health and safety briefings, and that the note would be re-written and re-issued. "English is the most common language used by our multi lingual staff and the most likely to be understood by all," it said. "We will be reviewing the wording of the notice to ensure this is made clearer and re-issuing an updated notice. We are an international business and fully support the use of the local language in all our jurisdictions."
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