Workers at a Whole Foods in Massachusetts say they were sent home for wearing “Black Lives Matter” face masks.
Seven workers were sent home on Wednesday and 14 were sent home on Thursday from the store on River Road in Cambridge, NBC Boston reports. Similar incidents have played out nationwide, including in Bedford, N.H., a pair of stores in Seattle, and others. Whole Foods has issued the same statement in response to all of those incidents.
“In order to operate in a customer-focused environment, all Team Members must comply with our longstanding company dress code, which prohibits clothing with visible slogans, messages, logos or advertising that are not company-related. Team Members with face masks that do not comply with dress code are always offered new face masks. Team Members are unable to work until the comply with dress code.” the company said in a statement shared with MassLive.
Employees of the Cambridge location told the Globe that they are upset by what appears to be hypocrisy by a company that has publicly stated it supports the Black Lives Matter movement. The feeling is that not allowing the display contradicts the company’s stated policy.
Some store employees say they’re going to continue wearing the masks, and are willing to lose their job if it comes to that.
Whole Foods is not the only company involved in controversy over Black Lives Matter masks. Trader Joe’s, Publix, Wawa, Taco Bell, and other companies have all had similar incidents.
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