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School Janitors Say They Were Fired For Being Hispanic

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of nine janitors say they were fired from their jobs at the Kingswood Oxford school in West Hartford by cleaning contractor ServiceMaster because they are Hispanic.

The janitors and supporters planned to rally Thursday in front of the school.

They say the trouble began in November when a new supervisor was hired and began forbidding the janitors from speaking Spanish while at work. They say all nine Hispanic janitors were fired within a month.

ServiceMaster did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. Officials at the private preparatory school say they are reviewing their contract with the cleaning service.

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