The Whole Foods US supermarket chain that was acquired by Amazon in 2017 has been sued by the US federal agency that protects workers’ rights. The supermarket chain was to ban employees from wearing clothing bearing Black Lives Matter messages in 2020.
Workers in several states have been accused of wearing such clothing. People have also been fired because of this, according to the agency.
“Our dress code aims to provide our employees and customers with a shopping experience centered around excellent service and food quality,” the company said in a statement. “We don’t think we should diminish this experience by presenting messages on company apparel, regardless of their content.”
“Issues of racial harassment and discrimination are an essential part of working conditions,” said Jill Kaufman, the agency’s regional director in San Francisco. “With our indictment, we want to protect the right of workers to defend these important issues.”
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