Latinos vs. Leon’s: Is the frozen custard stand’s “English-only” policy discriminatory?

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MILWAUKEE -- Leon's Frozen Custard has an English-only policy -- a policy some are questioning, and others are applauding. The policy has one group calling for a federal investigation.

Ron Schneider, the owner of Leon's, says there's nothing wrong with his policy, and it doesn't appear that it is hurting his business.

Leon's is located near 27th and Oklahoma on Milwaukee's south side.

Leon's Frozen Custard

Leon's Frozen Custard

"Most people that live here are Latino," Jorge Maya said.

Leon's Frozen Custard is a Milwaukee institution -- but some Hispanics are upset over a company policy that was recently discovered.

"I don`t think I`m going to be back anytime soon," Maya said.

This all started on Tuesday, May 17th, when Joey Sanchez overheard one of Leon's employees interacting with a Spanish-speaking customer.

Joey Sanchez

Joey Sanchez

"She whispered to him in Spanish 'I`m not allowed to speak Spanish to you,'" Sanchez said.

Sanchez was next in line. He also placed his order in Spanish. The employee gave him the same response.

"I`m trying to understand or find the why. I need to hear from him to hear why he has this policy," Sanchez said.

Ron Schneider

Ron Schneider

Schneider told FOX6 News his employees can only speak English on the job.

"Hey, c`mon! It is America. We`ve spoken English for a long, long time," Schneider said.

Schneider says the policy has been in place for a decade, and it has never been an issue.

"Any foreign language is going to be a problem. What I`m trying to avoid is when people come up here, get waited on in a different language because there happens to be an employee who speaks that language," Schneider said.

Leon's Frozen Custard

Leon's Frozen Custard

Sanchez said he feels Leon's policy is just bad business.

"If they have the people who can speak Spanish and communicate with the customer better, why not?" Sanchez said.

Other customers said they side with Schneider.

Leon's Frozen Custard

Leon's Frozen Custard

"We do live in America, you know?" Ryan Schmidt said.

Schneider says no customer has ever been turned away at Leon's.

Leon's Frozen Custard

Leon's Frozen Custard

"It`s going to get disruptive if we have to become bilingual, trilingual or anything else," Schneider said.

FOX6 News asked Schneider if an employee would face disciplinary action if they spoke another language. He said they would expect a chat with the boss, but they likely wouldn't be fired.

Schneider also pointed out that his wife is Hispanic.

The Leauge of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is calling for a federal investigation by the EEOC into the policy at Leon's.

Below is a statement from LULAC of Wisconsin State Director Dr. Arturo Martinez:

"In the last 24 hours, LULAC of Wisconsin has received numerous requests to investigate the issue of workplace policy as it pertains to language at Leon's Frozen Custard located at 3131 S. 27th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While many of us consider this as a community institution, it was surprising when we learned of their language policy, which is in clear violation of federal labor law. Upon reviewing the statements made by management in a video interview detailing Leon’s policy, we are requesting an investigation of this policy by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The law is clear on this issue and offers few exceptions. In the meantime, we encourage management to review their current employment policies with counsel to bring them into compliance. We are confident that in doing so, it will lead to a stronger business and a stronger community.”

Leon's Frozen Custard

Leon's Frozen Custard

163 comments

  • amerie

    I get what you’re saying but Ithink he’s had people waited on in the past in other language that get pissed off if the next time they come there the bilingual person is not there and while think its silly to restrict people from speaking other languages. And I do believe if its HIS business its his choice

    • WTF

      It is not “his business, his choice”, when here are Federal labor laws to preclude him from what he is doing. Although I understand, and take umbrage with, the idea that someone would have t nerve to be angry when you do not speak their particular language, it is not this guys business to tell ME what language I can or cannot, converse in. This is no Rsia or fascist Italy (yet), or Nazi Germany. If I can speak a foreign language, complete a transaction, and put money in his till, then he needs to STFU. Neither he, nor anyone else, is going to tell me that I cannot utilize the German l thaI took the time out of my life to learn, when it comes up in the course of a business day. You do not own people. You cannot tell them what language o speak, or with whom to sleep, or any of the other things that the bigoted ignorant an to get up to telling OTHER people that they ha to do, or that they cannot do.

  • Clinton

    If you are going to enter this country and order frozen custard you must assimilate and speak the frozen custard flavors in English. It’s really quite simple amigo!!

  • Greg

    This used to be a Polish neighborhood, I don’t remember the menu being written in Polish, and no one was offended.

    • Lynnie

      My first job was at Leon’s. Worked with a lot of great people, some of who are no longer with us. There was never an issue then, why now? C’mon people, aren’t there bigger issues in today’s world? Someone posted it was a Polish neighborhood, and it was. Get over yourselves, this is just dumb!

      • Speak ENGLISH or get deported

        The issue “now” is that there are way more illegals in the area. Sounds like a bunch of whiners need deported.

    • Financial Man

      Americans are fortunate in that English is the business language of the civilized world. If you are a US Citizen, are you not suppose to have working knowledge of the English language. This is a private business and it is not discriminating against other “US Citizens”. People can choose to either shop there or not shop there. Just let the “free” market take care of it. Maybe one of the whiners should experience setting up their own custard shop across the street and begin to understand what it is like to run a business with all of the “help” we receive from the various governmental agencies, that look for every opportunity to meddle in our businesses and financially bleed us dry.

    • d

      You’re an English teacher??? Your punctuation, or lack thereof, is horrendous, as are your capitalization and editing skills. I’m glad my kids aren’t in your class

    • Jeff

      Thais right , My parents came here from Poland I was raised on 14th and Oklahoma went to Pulaski high and at no time were there EVER ANY labels in Polish,German Irish or Serbian muchless any Bi-Lingual Services.Now we have “THESE “people who once again feel entitled that we should have to cater to them GET THE F@#&K OUT AND TAKE YOUR RUG RATS AND RELATIVES with you don’t want to be accused of braking up the family unit after all there a matched set ADIOS

  • Belinda

    An employer has to oversee his employees, make sure they are complying with codes and policies. That’s certainly hard to do if you can’t understand what they are saying.

  • MelissaK

    This is America. This is Milwaukee. This is Wisconsin. WE SPEAK ENGLISH HERE, PERIOD! Feel free to go back to Mexico if you do not like it. Go Trump!

  • Clinton

    Come on Adrianna assimilate and order hour scoop of custard in English. Don’t make it so hard on the Polish fast food workers!!

    • Getatallglassofstfu

      Or you could exercise your “freedom” and be responsible for you own happiness. It’s not like its the last water on earth-
      Use your head and either lead, follow, or gtf outta the way. It’s just ice cream…you don’t like it, don’t go.

  • Getatallglassofstfu

    Speak English please!
    -What is ” rascist”?
    Is it when you get the door locked on you at el senorial when you walk up to the door when you’re white?

  • Honky

    Fox6 should do a story on el rey. They speak spanish and im offended because i cant understand them. Its racist! Or i can not shop there if i dont like the environment. But, that makes no sense.

    • Scott

      You must be exhausted from all the conclusions that you jumped to. An owner that is bitter? Mono-linguistic people threatened? Marketable skills as a motivator for his decisions (reminder these are fast food workers)? Speaking multiple languages is a great skill. No argument there. Speaking it while being incompetent, uneducated and disrespectful … not so much. There are so many other skills that are far more valuable.

      If you want to argue that he is making a poor business decision, go right ahead. I won’t even disagree. He may be missing out on a potential marketing opportunity to serve customers. But, that is his prerogative. If you want to argue that the government should be involved in policies about language speaking, I will campaign against that lunacy as fast as I can. The free market will take care of this. If customers are offended, they have other choices.

    • Mary

      WOW I didn’t know I had the title of “Mono linguistic”!!!! Kind of sounds like you’re discriminating against me because I don’t speak more than one language or dare I say racist towards “Mono linguistic” individuals. I happen to be very proud of the fact that I speak only one language and I do it very well. I don’t go to El Rey for the simple fact that I can’t understand anyone or read any of the labels on their food. Same with the Piggly Wiggly on Chase & Oklahoma. A little bit too hispanic to close to home in my opinion. But you don’t see me calling the Civil Liberties Union because I can’t read the People magazine in that store because it’s all in Spanish. I just don’t go to that store. As far as I’m concerned, more custard for me!!!! I’m going to guess that it’s a bunch of illegal aliens pissing and moaning about this. Go look up what tests you have to take to become a citizen of the USA…An English and Civics test and neither of them is in Spanish!!!

    • Jason

      Mary is “very proud of the fact that I speak only one language.” Yes, proud that you have limited knowledge. I’m sure you support the bigot Trump who thinks the less one knows the better off they are.

      Nobody cares whether you speak one of ten languages, but to brag about how little education you have is sad. There are so many Americans now who think that knowledge is the enemy of enlightenment. It’s pathetic.

      • Scott

        You are confusing knowledge and skills. Speaking a language is a skill. Like writing. One can be ignorant and inaccurate in multiple languages.
        I do agree with your opinion that supporters of Trump, Clinton, Sanders and any political candidate are far more closed minded than ever before. We probably disagree on the reasons. You seem to chalk it up to closed minded bigotry and I would attribute it to a different definition of enlightenment, which was once based upon facts and is now based upon feelings. I have no requirement to accept your feelings or opinions about a subject as facts. I should be more open minded when facts are offered. There have been very few facts offered on this thread.
        I do find it unfortunate that there are so many bigoted comments here. That is sad. This is a great country. I don’t think people should be forced to learn English, but they should recognize that their life here can be improved if they choose to do so. That’s a choice.
        Back to the topic: Leon’s has made a bad business decision (opinion). There isn’t anything illegal about it (fact).

    • liamfan

      Well said, Veronica. Just wanted to let you know that I appreciated your well thought out response, as opposed to most of the xenophobes here who apparently don’t understand federal law.

  • Eric

    Any business has the right to refuse service to any person for any reason, this includes speaking a foreign language. If a Mexican restaurant decided that they only allowed Spanish to be spoke it would be protected under the same law.

  • Jesus

    These folks are boycotting Menards and now Leons. All I can do is shake my head. They are offended because they can’t order in spanish. I am offended that they won’t order in english.

    • Angry Dad

      Did you notice on fox6 yesterday that the man complaining about not being able to order in Spanish was speaking perfect English to the reporter!

  • Speak ENGLISH or get deported

    Hahaha exactly! Want to bet that everyone who is “offended” by this is not here legally anyways? Maybe the Immigration unit should sit outside and wait for someone to complain, then check their papers to see if they are in the US legitimately. Most of the Hispanics that don’t know any English are NOT here legally. By the way English is the official language of Wisconsin (Not the US).

    • Opinion8d

      Could you imagine if someone with an ICE uniform sat outside of Leon’s? There would be complaints about safe spaces and intimidation, etc. The south side is becoming little Mexico. Instead of Spanish language ads becoming less over time, it’s done the opposite. I’m all for legal immigration and taking hard working people. But don’t come here and wave the Mexican flag and not assimilate (i.e. learn the language!)

  • KariLovesHuskies

    Sounds like a great place for INS to hang out! This is America. Speak English or go home! I want to be able to KNOW what people and my employees are saying, especially if I am a business owner.

  • Dylan

    Not every business can be bilingual. You can’t expect..Spanish print menus.. or a Spanish speaking service worker….check-out lady..etc…if you are here to stay in america…use english…..no Leon’s isn’t wrong…they are strong…

  • Chuck Gilfillan

    The EEOC frequently assumes that English-only policies can be discriminatory based on Title VII national origin. Courts haven’t always agreed. A good defense, if it gets to court, would be that the owner only speaks English (if true) and he needs to monitor his employee’s interactions with the customers. Just my dos centavos.

  • Libsareliars

    Well Veronica it seems that the English only practice does not seem to be hurting Leon’s business. Maybe you need to get over yourself! If Leon’s wants to run their business this way they have every right to do so and people like yourself should keep your nose out of their business.

  • Mike

    Good for Leon’s. My ancestors learned English when they migrated to this country and we’re proud to do so. The Latino community doesn’t hold this regard to assimilating. Based on this policy being brought to light I will definitely be stopping at Leon’s more often. America could save a lot of money being one language country. I do not expect to go to mexico and have them learn English because I refuse to learn Spanish, I would fully expect to struggle to communicate and not be able to provide a high quality of life due to the fact that I cannot communicate. Just common sense but America has become too sensitive and too PC and look how we have trended steadily downward since this all started in the early to mid 90’s

  • Libsareliars

    At least my ancestors came here from Europe learned to speak the language. Why don’t you post some creative thoughts idiot!

  • Metal Maniac

    I don’t go to a taco stand in Mexico and EXPECT them to speak to me in English. I don’t go to Japan order sushi and EXPECT them to speak English. How is this even news? This is America don’t like a business don’t go there or even better START YOUR OWN. Sick of the entitlement.

    • Klaatu

      Go to Montreal, Canada. They speak French and pretty much ignore you if you don’t. I was surprised the first time I went there for work and found out how cold they (store / restaurant workers) are to non-French speakers…..did I cry?? No, I made sure I went out with a local who could do the French speaking for me.
      The Canadian Business that my company was working to make a contract with had bilingual people there to translate.
      Maybe the spanish speaking people should go to Montreal and complain when the people speak only French to them……………

  • ReadTheFacts

    Feel compelled to throw out some facts on this item. The policy the owner has had for English only has been around for 10 years. Why are people making an issue of it now? Because *one* person posted it on social media? This shop has been around for 50+ years in that neighborhood. The Neighborhood was not hispanic when the shop opened. To make this an issue for EEOC is absurd. There are no federal laws which state any other language besides English is official in the USA. This is a private business that has this policy as one of the employee rules, no different than showing up on time, being respectful, etc. Are any employees complaining about the rule? The customer was not refused service, so there is no discrimination involved. If the employee taking the order only spoke English, the customer would be in the same boat if they tried to speak Spanish. If you don’t like the policy, then don’t go to the business. There are way more important issues in the world that people should concentrate on.

    • Veronica Rusnak

      This isn’t a straw man argument. I addressed the original issue: that an employee isn’t allowed to conduct a transaction in Spanish. In fact, most of the other comments here are addressing a straw man argument, or worse, false analogy. Compounded by a false analogy to a straw man argument.

  • Leonard8

    Nothing against Latinos but man my family came from Eastern Europe 10 years ago. I didn’t speak a word of English when I first came to U.S. I studied hard and learned the language and helped my parents to do the same. What bothers me the most is I know Latino people whom been living in U.S. a lot longer than I have some even born here and they don’t speak English. Learn the language of the country you live in.

    So to be a non discriminatory business owner in U.S. a business owner must speak at least top 10 spoken languages… WTF is this nonsense!?

    • Mike

      Yes it was but up until the Mexican immigration the vast majority of immigrants were proud to learn English. If you hate this country and our ways so much why live here? People do have options I know Mexico as issues with violence and job opportunities but so does America so I just don’t get why move here and refuse to learn the language. If I lived in Mexico I would he proud to learn Spanish and say I’m a true countryman and have learned to survive assimilate and become one with the others in my new country

  • NH

    What about the Hispanic grocery stores and other businesses where they can’t speak English? Should non Hispanics rise up and complain? When in Rome…..

    • Jeff

      Hmmmmmmmm…….I think you’v got some thing there wonder how Arnesto of El Rey will feel on monday when I file a complaint because one of his (illegal) stocker’s can’t tell me were the sauerkraut is located better yet I’ll go in wearing my ICE Jacket “that should be one for you tube”

  • Nick Wimble

    It’s Leon’s business, he can run it anyway he wants to….instead of whining, and asking for government interference, some smart guy might want to open a Spanish speaking custard stand, I think if it was me, I would encourage bi-lingual customer service, but it is not me, it is Leon’s…..

  • Mike

    If I went to Mexico, Russia, China, or any other country would they be forced to learn my language or would I struggle to survive until I learned the language of the land? What seems lazy is people refusing to learn English in America, what seems racist is going to country and expecting everyone to change for me. Why wouldn’t people want to learn English in America and have a better quality of life? I think rants like yours our counter productive and this is an opportunity to have a true conversation about assimilation and a chance for all in our country to have a conversation about walking in step with each other for the greater good. Unfortunately for you and people who support your train of thought the majority of America speaks English, we have a majority rules democracy and teaching a few is cheaper, quicker, and easier then re-educating the majority to learn a new language.

  • Chrissy

    Why is this all of a sudden a damn issue…. This is America and english is the language. I am sorry people are so offended but Leon’s has been around a very long time and this was never an issue before. There are far too many other issues you all should be focusing on besides whether or not an employer can make his employee’s speak a certain language. Give it a rest.

  • sick of it all

    Allow me to rephrase your final remark.

    A government that is big enough to fulfill all your WANTS…

    This is not an issue of need.

  • guest73

    Teenagers getting shot, dealing drugs. Little girls getting shot, sitting in their own homes. But, by all means, let’s crucify an elderly business owner and put him out of business, for his antiquated views. Amazing how the media gets everyone whipped into a frenzy. I wonder what the issue d’jour will be tomorrow?

  • coolidge

    Can I expect to visit a taco stand deep in Mexico and order in English? Don’t think so. There are people called ISIS beheading Americans, but which language to use while ordering frozen custard along with which bathroom to use is what Americans are worried about? Snap out of it and get a grip whiners!

  • Chrisco

    Watch your language ¡Hijo de puta. White people do not like insults either. Yes white people do can read and write in spanish.

  • DigitalHermit

    Leon’s violated no laws whatsoever. The 4 reasons given in EEOC’s own position statement explain why this is the case:

    The EEOC’s Position on English-Only Policies
    The EEOC recognizes that “the primary language of an individual is often an essential national origin characteristic.” 29 C.F.R. §1606.7(a). In scrutinizing English-only policies, the EEOC creates two separate categories. The first category consists of English-only policies that prohibit employees from speaking their native language at all times. The EEOC finds that this category of English-only policies can “disadvantage an individual’s employment opportunities on the basis of national origin” and “could result in a discriminatory working environment.” Id. For this reason, the EEOC presumes that such policies violate Title VII.

    The second category of English-only policies are those that require employees to speak only English at certain times. 29 C.F.R. § 1606.7(b). According to the EEOC, such policies are permissible as long as they are justified by “business necessity.” Id. The regulation does not define the term business necessity, but the EEOC’s Compliance Manual explains that an English-only rule is justified by business necessity “if it is needed for an employer to operate safely or efficiently.” The following are examples from the EEOC Compliance Manual of a “business necessity” that would justify an English-only policy:

    1. For communications with customers, coworkers, or supervisors who only speak English;

    2. In emergencies or other situations in which workers must speak a common language to promote safety;

    3. For cooperative work assignments in which the English-only rule is needed to promote efficiency; and

    4. To enable a supervisor who only speaks English to monitor the performance of an employee whose job duties require communication with coworkers or customers.

    http://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/civil/articles/spring2014-0514-are-english-only-policies-workplace-discriminatory-national-origin.html

  • Angry Dad

    Why don’t YOU start your own business then YOU can decide what languages will be available for your customers, otherwise mind your own business. You don’t own Leon’s so who cares what you think. Your liberal argument is pathetic and non-sequitur. Get over yourself.

  • Mike

    Yep proved your ignorance. This is an opportunity to start a dialogue in this community and you as well as the other racist here turn this into a race battle. Your super intelligent responses are really going to make me change my view point. Way to go blowing an opportunity to have an intelligent conversation. FYI I grew up on galena street so you aren’t scarring me.

  • imcrazy

    When all these complainers were in Mexico what did they do to change things in their country?
    Don’t come here illegally and try to change things here. Protest for change in Mexico and the US citizens will have a lot more respect for you.

  • liberalssuck

    Teddy Roosevelt-“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

  • liberalssuck

    NO DISCRIMINATION HERE…..MOVE ON AND QUIT TRYING TO FIND DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM.
    If you want to spout about it .Speak about ALL groups racism and all groups discrimination.And see my other post about teddy roosevelt.Truer words have never been spoken.Our diversity strengthens us but also divides us.You want to be an american? Learn to speak english.If you don’t want to be an american,why the he** are you here?

  • MILO is a Racist POS

    Mike, my reply was to the racist Milo…not you. RELAX! That’s all leftist communist racists like him understand is violence. I have no problem teaching him a lesson in humility.

  • Mike

    Reading these comments no wonder nothing gets done in this country. Most people here are to ignorant to have an intelligent conversation with. No wonder our government can control us like puppets. People jump to blurt out the most ignorant thought they have instead of having a honest conversation. Look the country is becoming more diverse by the day it’s the truth. If Leon’s wants to operate an English only business and that bothers you do not support them then. People forget we hold the power we just refuse to use it or are to ignorant to know we have the power. Yes my ancestors came to this country as immigrants and they weren’t treat well either at the time. This difference between now and then is immigrants then we’re proud to learn English. The new wave of Latino immigrants seem to have no desire to do so. If I went and lived in Mexico, Russia, China, or any other country would they learn English for me…no. should I expect them to….no. If I moved to another country I would try my best to learn the language and fully expect to struggle until I did. If I moved to mexico I would be proud to learn Spanish and assimilate to be in step with my fellow countrymen and women. A house divided cannot stand and we are witnessing the end of America because noone can agree, find middle ground, and admit they may not have the answers. While finding common ground a lot of people may not be happy but those are the people we do not need. If we could come together as a country and get in step with each other we could be the best country in the world again. I’m sorry but the majority of the country speaks English it would make more sense, be cheaper, and easier to teach the minority the language of the majority. You can speak whatever language you want in your home and anywhere for that matter but why should everyone be forced to learn a new language to communicate with a few that do not want to learn English. The gentleman on the news spoke perfect English, so he knows he needs it to get by so why is this a big deal? If I go to any store can I claim racism and ask for government inference because they won’t communicate with me in polish, Irish, or even Arabic?

  • ed flynns mistress

    It’s not discrimination. You come to America, you learn the language. The Germans, poles, czechs, Italians etc who came before you did. Leon’s has been here for years and doesn’t need the “latino” clientele to stay successful.

  • Sarah

    Living in Florida, there are Latino businesses everywhere and most of them do NOT try to speak English. You have to take a Spanish speaking person with you or point to what you want so what is the difference? Also, most Latino companies here do not hire many Americans. Point is, run your business as you see fit as long as you are not denying service based on any type of discrimination. Leon’s is not denying service only asking his employees to speak English at all times. Just like businesses that accept cash only. Maybe he just doesn’t see the value in being bi-lingual.

    • Scott

      That’s a really good point. Would it be illegal for him to reject a payment in pesos? Of course not.

  • Sigh

    Veronica, it would behoove you to think outside the box you have become most comfortable with. You are approaching this issue as a worker, without considering it from a management perspective. I think you will learn that, upon review by the EOC, Leons has done nothing illegal. An employer must be able to oversee his/her workers. If he cannot understand them, then that is imminently more difficult. Allowing discussions in languages outside of thr one with which he is familiar prevents this. The only exception would be sign language, which is protected by disability rights. What’s the harm, you ask, in allowing languages you don’t understand? Well, then, who knows what is truly occurring in that discussion? Remember thr northside McDonald’s that was shut down after it was discovered that employees were selling drugs via the drivethru? What about sexual harassment? How can you ensure someone isn’t speaking inappropriately to a customer if you can’t understand what was said? Is it a better business move to be bilingual and allow your business to be bilingual. Sure. But it is not required. There is literally no law that requires businesses to communicate in more than one language. Nor should there be. Do you want to force the palettes to conduct business in English upon demand? That’s the irection such a law would be headed. That knife cuts both ways. It’s completely unnecessary. Give thr small business owner back the power over his own business. If you don’t like how he runs it go elsewhere. Forcing this nonsense doesn’t end it, it just drives it underground.

  • Shane

    Native Americans do not like being called “Indian”. That is seriously more offensive than thr language topic. Now, where do you work so I can protest you, try to shut your business down and force you into poverty while ruining Milwaukee’s employment opportunities?

  • Ty

    Black Lives Matters Milwaukee literally just posted, asking for anyone who wants to protest Leons. Seriously…how far off base from their mission is this?! Talk about trying to stay relevant. I can never look at them the same again.

    • Scott

      Yep. It would be a shame for them to protest violent gun crimes in black neighborhoods to, you know, save black lives. I assume that there are black employees at Leons who would be harmed by such an action? Who will print that headline: “BLM increases unemployment for black lives with thoughtless protests”.

  • Scott

    You keep using that word “illegal” … I do not think it means … what you think it means.

  • Wth

    Talk about hypocritical…Leon’s is taking heat and facing possible EEOC review for an English only language requirement. In response, Bounce Milwaukee is giving free ice cream to anyone who order in non-English today. So I can’t get free ice cream if I speak only English…because some people have trouble getting ice cream if they speak only Spanish? Time to request the same review for Bounce Milwaukee.

    • Scott

      I don’t really see this as a big deal. They made a business decision based upon what they believe will generate some customer loyalty and demand for their business. It’s a free market … people are free to protest and stop patronizing their business as well. That’s what makes this country great.

    • Jane

      For those interested, Bounce milwaukee has confirmed that they will not offer you the free ice cream deal if you order in English. I guess they are basically saying that they agree with the Leon’s concept that it should be up to the owner. So, Leons and Bounce Milwaukee have the same perspective.

  • Wisconsin Sucks

    Get these Hispanics out of Milwaukee and America, this city is now a crap hole because of the mass migration from Mexico and PR. You can’t even drive anywhere because the traffic is so heavy because of these idiots. They have 5 junker cars per family and they are on the streets all day with no jobs. Driving around. Go by miller park that area is almost impossible to get around. All hispanics leave the USA!

  • Kattie jo

    I am not racist in any way but it all goes the same that if we learn Spanish, french, or even German you live here in the states your gonna have to learn to speak English to as something g simple as shopping at the mall, groceries, and even an ice cream cone. I understand you can keep your heritage but when you live in an English home you need to learn it. Just as if you were to move to Germany or spain, have to learn the language. Some of Latinos only men work or some dnt work at all and the ones who do work do they speak English? I would assume so to have a job to pay bills just like every one else so I see the understand that this shouldn’t be an issue just people making a stink bc they don’t want to or refuse as a stubern ass to learn English it’s our country home of the free and the brave we speak English this is our country and where you live like any one else you have to learn the ways to live and get by. Why we should things change so much when people don’t feel like at home or have to complain about everything.

  • Phil Ashio

    Maybe Mr. Schneider should just close up shop and retire. Throw a few people out of work. So many decades of loyalty to this country and community only to be thugged by a bunch of butthurt Non-Citizens and their Liberal handlers because obeying the law is too hard. I wouldn’t blame him.

    Read President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech on Immigration back in the early 1900’s and then ponder how we got to this point.

  • Paul Kennedy

    What you are saying is that every business in the country must be able to speak every language in the world. Think about it, I buy a product and the instructions are written in at least five different languages and the American English is worse because it is written by some non English speaking person in some other country. My grand parents were German and they learned and spoke only English as this was their adopted country, these people are refusing to learn the language of their adopted country. This custard stand is located in what was a Polish community and they didn’t demand that that this business establishment speak Polish, they learned English!

  • Sandy

    Ron Schneider and Leons was here LONG BEFORE YOU WERE.
    You enjoy our jobs, food stamps, Medicaid, even our social security! You want all of the opportunities this country represents BUT I have seen you on TV wiping your feet on our flag, destroying police cars and even a police horse, violently keeping American CITIZENS from political election rallies in our own country, flying the MEXICAN flag on American soil, and your children giving Americans the finger and telling them to get f—-d, holding signs to “Make America Mexico Again.”
    I worked in a medical clinic where we saw Hispanics that were here for YEARS still refuse to speak the language of OUR country. YOU came to Ron Schneider’s neighborhood, not the other way around. If he wants to conduct HIS business in HIS country in OUR language, he has that right. Get over it and LEARN OUR LANGUAGE AND BECOME CITIZENS, OR GO BACK HOME. My neighbor did it. My mom did it. What makes you so special?
    We need people who will love this country as much as we do. Who will learn OUR language and give all of their allegiance to OUR flag and are willing to become citizens. We do not need parasites.

  • Remmy

    You have got to be kidding! If you want to live in America with all of it’s glory and freedom – learn to speak English!
    or for goodness sake – point to your selection on the menu board. My wife & I travel world wide and we always make a respectable effort to learn the basic language of the country that we visit. And how long has this business been in this neighborhood??? ( rhetorical question) Really? – who set this guy up to cause all this commotion? Learn English, por favor, min fadlik, prosim, s’il vous plait, bitte, or bring your cell phone and use the translator. Go home and study!!!!!

  • Judy

    Leon’s is a wonderful place and has had many different types of nationalities living in it’s neighborhood – German, Polish, Italian, etc., and all without being offended by English because they learned the language. This is a predominately English speaking country and more than just Hispanics go to Leon’s. It’s also a private business and they should be able to run it the way they feel works best for them. Seems it’s been working fine for years. The owner has a right to know what his employees are saying to the customers, so I understand the emphasis on speaking English. I have a great appreciation for small business owners and how hard they work to make it on their own. Customers should simply bring someone with them that knows the language or go to another custard shop.

  • Judy

    I wonder why the customer that could speak both English and Spanish didn’t simply help the lady that didn’t speak English? Seems like it would have been the most considerate thing to do – helping out your own kind. I certainly would have done that and I know many others that would too. A little kindness goes a long way and sets a better example of how you want to be perceived.

  • Carol

    This is America. While many languages are spoken by people living here, Englush is the norm. Why should someone who can clearly speak English, want to place an order at a business in Spanish? He sure talked to the media in English. A small business that has been in business for over 70 years is now going to get hassled because of this?! It’s ridiculous. If u live in this country u should speak English. I would not go to live in another country & expect the citizens there to all learn English for me. I’m all for keeping ur native language & customs. But when u are dealing in public know the language.

  • Glenn

    Being a USMC vet, I traveled to many countries. Every time I went to a country where their primary language was not English, I learned enough of their language to be able to communicate on at last a very basic level.

    If we start to mandate employers be able to communicate with the public in every language possible, there is no way this can be done. What if I want to order custard in some language like Klingon from Star Trek? If you cant talk to someone in a primary language of that country, bring your own interpreter. Why should we be expected to supply the interpreter? If you can’t conform to s, you’re the problem

  • Mike

    Why should anyone be forced to learn another language in America, we speak English and you should speak English. This political BS is just that.. BS.

  • Jeff

    I totally agree with Leons policy, its not racist, it doesnt say they dont serve Spanish speaking people, they just want them to speak English when they order. Its unfair to the company to try to chance the rules. Will they have to have Hmong intrepeters / French speaking employees. When will it end. I will tell you , when Leon’s leaves the city. and Milwaukee loses another active business to political correctness. It will make Donald Trumps Wall idea a lot more popular.

  • Robert Ahrens

    It’s about time someone stood up to the pushy, give me Mexican population in this country. I’ve had it with the weak-kneed politicians who want to please those that aren’t even supposed to be able to vote over those of us who have to foot the bill for these crybaby ass wet backs.

  • Scott

    But Jason, there haven’t been any facts offered here. You didn’t offer any facts… just shared your opinions and offered your own bigoted comments.

  • Klaatu

    Look up the requirements for immigrants to become an American citizen. Most naturalization applicants are required to take a test on English & Civics (U.S. history and government). So what the hell are you (media / FOX6) doing in trying to say the Owner of a Business who is an American citizen is discriminating against people who are obviously not American citizens. Freaking Liberal agenda makes me sick!
    OK FOX6, now you can delete this comment too like you do the vast majority of my posts. I guess censorship is also part of your Liberal American dream.

  • jennie

    We are in America and English is the language. Also don’t know if their talking about robbing or stealing from the company

  • TJ

    The employee that started this firestorm should be interviewed and asked …. If you understood the order in Spanish why didn’t you just take the order and reply in English? Why did he/she feel the need to tell the person ” I can’t communicate with you in Spanish” .. Looking for their 15min I guess……

  • Stan

    If the LULAC would actually ready the EEC rules regarding English only policies, they would find that what is being required is well with in the law. (Par 10) http://www.usccr.gov/statements/Statement%20of%20Reed%20Russell%20re%20English-Only%20Briefing.pdf
    I grew up in that area, My family is of polish heritage and my grandparents and parents adapted to the language and customs. I would be far more understanding of a traveler from making a first visit, but these people live there, learn the language. When I traveled to Spanish speaking countries I learned their language. So come on “when you visit your neighbor knock on the door” if you plan on living in a foreign land learn the language. These people will just try to use the Feds to mussel a small business to get their way and then wonder why the non Latino population resents them.

  • Kelly Clark

    What about the Mexican food stores that do not speak English to me? Why shouldn’t I feel discriminated against?

  • Kbrum1066

    It is completely unreasonable for someone from another country to tell me what language I have to speak. THEY need to learn MY language to speak in MY country, just like I would have to if I went to another country. Saying otherwise means that they are either too lazy to learn it, they are too disrespectful of others to learn it, or they want this to be their country. No matter which it is, TOUGH!!!! Grow up and get a life – right after you learn the language and customs of the country you live in!

  • RAH

    Leon’s is a private business. He has a right to conduct business the way he wishes. Speak English. Also keep the government out of trying to control everything

  • kelly dixon

    You entered the USA knowing you had to speak English if you don’t want to speak English GO HOME!!!!!.Leonhasbeen there way before you.MOVE!!!!

  • MikeHunt

    Fock you LULAC and EEOC. Speak English or go back to Mexico. Illegals have no rights here. Learn the language or leave.

  • Luke

    I’m going to Leon’s tommorow. Bringing a few friends for the best ice cream in the country. Let’s all go and support a great business

  • Porky Pig

    There are many large racial/lingual groups in the US but the ONLY ones DEMANDING that others speak THEIR language ARE THE LATINOS BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO LEARN ENGLISH OR LEARN IT WELL! They are a highly undereducated minority – unlike the Asians , who ALSO keep up THEIR OWN LANGUAGE but NEVER DEMAND others to speak it. The Asians EXCEL in school, business – (unlike the Latinos who DO NOT value education but only value having a nice car and a boyfriend or a girlfriend.) THIS is why TRUMP has said what he has said. Who the hell do these Latinos think they are?!!! This is A-M-E-R-I-C-A! EVERYONE speaks English in busInesses. If you are of another ethnicity and you have your own business and want to speak in your own language – Hey.. No problem. BUT DON’T COME TO SOMEONE ELSE’S BUSINESS AND FORCE THEM TO SPEAK Y-O-U-R LANGUAGE!! The Latinos are getting scared because Trump has CALLED THEIR BLUFF and regular Americans are no longer cowering under these Latino racists! If you want to REALLY see racism, just go into the Hispanic community! They hate African – Americans with a passion! They only respect their own people and are very clannish. This all is ALREADY causing Leon’s to have more business – BECAUSE AMERICANS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF COWERING TO ILLEGAL LATINOS WHO ARE RAVAGING THIS COUNTRY!!!!

  • CMRock

    It continually amazes me that immigrants that recently came to this country take more pride in where they came from instead of in the country they now choose to live in. If your freedom and your rights mean so much to you then maybe you should take pride in the country you live in that gives you these rights. A big part of that is learning the language!! To me when you speak your native language when you are out in public you are disrespecting the USA and it’s citizens. And shame on every business that caters to this BS by printing things in several languages. You are showing just as much disrespect for our country just so you can earn an extra buck!! I proudly support you Leons!! Please stand your ground!!

  • Clinton

    The only reason they have these protests is so they can take a day off from working in the landscaping business and restaurant business. They really don’t care about the language issue. They are just basically lazy people…

  • Johnny Tremain

    This is the United States of America… where the official language is ENGLISH. If you live here, you learn and speak ENGLISH. If you want custard here, you order it in ENGLISH.

  • guest73

    Strange how fox6 got everyone whipped into a frenzy about this, and now the story is just a tiny footnote on their home page. Too many REAL problems happening in the world I guess.

  • GODblesstheUSA

    This is America. Love it, or leave it OR learn to speak English! Stand strong Ron Schneider! If I lived in that area I would support your business all the way.

  • james

    here is something fuuny and a link so you can look it up the lulac handbook http://lulac.org/programs/youth/handbook.pdf AIMS AND PURPOSES nubmer 2 says : To foster the learning and fluent use of the English language that we may thereby equip ourselves and
    our families for the fullest enjoyment of our rights and privileges and the efficient discharge of our
    duties and responsibilities to our country, but at the same time, exerting equal effort to foster the fluent
    mastery of the Spanish language which is part of our heritage and means of extending the cultural
    horizons of our nation;

    so they want to be fluent in english but refuse to use it .

  • Stupid Flanders

    “Schneider says no customer has ever been turned away at Leon’s.”
    So then what’s the problem?

  • Clinton

    I am totally surprised to see Joey Sanchez speaking out on this topic. I know he is an illegal because I saw him get deported on Border Patrol. I noticed in the picture the back of his shirt was all wet so he must have swam across the river and got back in undetected. Somebody should report him to INS!!!

  • Mark

    I support the owner of Leon’s. It’s America and we speak English here. It’s not a tough concept. Why isn’t anyone investigating the El Rey organization?? I’ve never seen a Caucasian employee Ina h of their establishments. The checkout girls only speak Spanish and refuse to speak to you unless it’s Spanish. You wanna point a racist finger, point it at yourselves LULAC. Just more crap for “minorities” to complain about. They must want free custard now too.

  • USMC GRUNT 0311, AUTHOR OF SARCASM

    Why not delete comments channel 6, your just stirring up trouble for a news story, racist liberals.

  • liberalssuck

    Here is what Teddy Roosevelt had to say-
    “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

    • Klaatu

      Dude, Teddy was leader of the Republican Party……….you can’t expect Conservative views to stand up anymore under the assault on America by the Liberal Agenda!!! This has been going on for years and way too many sheeple just go with the flow. I guess Teddy wasn’t concerned with hurting someone else’s feelings at the cost of making America great.

  • Heather

    She and others want to speak Spanish in an English speaking country and then throw a fit when they are not given they’re way…go back to Mexico or wherever you came from and speak it all you want!
    This is ridiculous and people are so sick of the whiney people thinking everything should be changed in America to make them happy. Don’t like how things are in America…pack your crap and leave!

  • Anthony Jeannette

    He should have the right to refuse service if the customer doesn’t want to speak English. It’s his business and he should be able to run it how he wants. If you don’t like it then go elsewhere.

  • loralyejean

    This is outrageous! These people are coming into this country and taking over like they own it! The American people, too many of whom are unemployed or work for minimum wage and can barely afford to take care of themselves or their families, still have to pay taxes for these people to be here. Our grandparents and great grandparents came to this country LEGALLY, I MIGHT ADD, and learned the English language. Illegals are being given more rights than the true Americans who pay their taxes and live here. This is truly unbelievable and should make ALL AMERICANS SICK!

  • d manheim

    Make them also say please, thank you and excuse me. That will be another dis qualifier as they never say that. That alone will get rid of the blacks too.

  • Donna Price

    this is AMERICA if you want to speak in SPANISH that is fine but the employee has to answer back in English..it is that simple.

  • renee barclift

    when i lived in another country, i used their language. it is about r e s p e c t. and what if my cambodian friend wants to order ice cream in khmer? are they going to have to hire a person that speaks it?! absurd.

  • Christopher Casadonte

    There are over 7000 spoken languages in the world/ Over 1000 in the Americas alone. is he supposed to have 1000 employees on every shift. Please. This is just someone looking to file a lawsuit and get money they didn’t earn.

  • Carlos

    I think this is crap I’m latino and I live in USA for more than 15 years , If you want to live here learn english , if not just don’t come here , is not another country on the planet who will change their language for someone else language, Germans have documents in German , French same Chileans only in spanish , stop this people to complain about everything, I you can’t communicate just go to everyone speak your language, and I’m pretty sure this person will fail spanish test written and read because they just can’t speak none correct

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