Whole Foods Market is now facing a federal lawsuit from several employees after the chain prohibited its staff from wearing face masks that bear the slogan “Black Lives Matter,” according to ABC News.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in a court in Boston, Massachusetts, took issue with the company’s policy that employees’ outfits “must comply with our longstanding company dress code, which prohibits any visible slogans, messages, logos, or advertising that are not company-related, on any article of clothing.” As such, clothing that bears the slogan of the infamous far-left group has been banned.
However, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have claimed, without evidence, that the company has allowed employees to wear clothing bearing the logos of sports teams, as well as rainbow flags, thus accusing Whole Foods of “selectively and arbitrarily” banning Black Lives Matter apparel exclusively.
One plaintiff, Savannah Kinzer, claimed that she was fired for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask. But the company responded by revealing that she was actually fired “for not working her assigned shifts,” reaffirming their opposition to retaliatory measures against employees and their commitment to “recognizing, respecting, and taking steps to ensure we do not impinge on employees’ legal rights.”