Seven workers at the Cambridge chain, Massachusetts, on Wednesday presented a picture of how they saw it posted on Twitter
, in which they argued that Whole Foods cares “about the business their racist customers give them more than spreading a calm but important message”. Employees say the protest was a response to the store manager’s decision not to allow them to carry the equipment.
Responding to the manager’s decision, Whole Foods said in a statement that all employees “must abide by our long-standing company dress code, which prohibits clothing with visible slogans, messages, logos or advertisements unrelated to the company.”
“Team members with face masks that don’t comply with the dress code are always offered new face masks,” a Whole Foods spokesman said. “Team members are unable to work until the dress code is completed.”
Although Whole Foods does not allow employees to visibly support the Black Lives Matter movement while at work, Amazon (AMZN)
these three words were explicitly stated in a press release earlier this month.
“Black lives are matter. We stand in solidarity with Montenegro’s employees, customers and partners and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear,” Amazon said. written June 3rd.
She also announced a $ 10 million donation to social justice organizations.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said similar feelings on his Instagram
invoice in response to a customer email stating that “all lives matter”. Whole Foods also has a statement on its homepage saying it supports the “Black Community and Significant Changes in the World”.
he also banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter clothing before reversing the decision earlier this month. The coffee chain sent 200,000 T-shirts with the phrase shown on the T-shirt.
In a statement, Starbucks said it was critical to support the Black Life Thing movement as founded by its founders and will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations and our partners to understand the role Starbucks can play , and show ourselves in a positive way for our communities. “
The movement got the couple after George Floyd died in police custody in May, sparking protests across the country over racial equality and police reform.