Video: Pecos TX Postmaster Accused of Racial Discrimination

PECOS, Texas -A group of U.S. Postal Service mail carriers accused a Pecos postmaster of racial discrimination, civil rights advocates and union leaders said.

According to grievances filed with LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, postmaster David Neilon allegedly instructed Pecos Post Office employees not to speak Spanish and made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

“There’s no post office rule about what language they should be speaking at work,” said LULAC director Ruben Ramirez. “He held a meeting with eight of them and said, ‘Once you cross that border, you’re not supposed to be speaking Spanish anywhere… not just the post office, but everywhere… Being a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, it’s very inappropriate how he let that out.”

A number of postal customers in Pecos only speak Spanish or are most comfortable speaking Spanish, he added.Neilon could not be reached for comment.

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  • hollywood

    Do they speak English at the Puerto Rico stations ?

  • Berry

    Good question. Of course there’s probably less demand for English speaking help in Puerto Rico than there is for Spanish speakers in Pecos.

  • Alex Yamach

    Private sector employers can dictate that only English be spoken during work hours, but the Government cannot do the same to their employees.

  • paul

    English is very commonly spoke all throughout Puerto Rico

  • Berry

    Maybe so- but the percentage of Spanish speakers in Texas is much higher than the percentage of English speakers in Puerto Rico.

  • Jaime A. Oyola Jr.

    Yes they all do..