Aug 7, 2017

Sports Direct 'English-only' note in Bangor store probed

An apparent ban on staff speaking any language but English in a Sports Direct store in Bangor is to be investigated by the Welsh language commissioner. The notice, which was printed on Sports Direct-headed paper, said it wanted to remind staff that English was the "Official language of the company". "In an area such as Bangor where there is a high number of Welsh speakers, it is highly likely that such a policy would deny staff members the right to converse in their own language," she said. Sports Direct insisted the ban was not the result of a directive from the company. "Sports Direct is an international business, operating in many different jurisdictions. We encourage the use of the native language and would never instruct our staff otherwise," he said.

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