All in not bliss in the Banana Republic.
The up-market infrequent code has been accused of being discriminatory to one of its employees, a black lady named Destiny Tompkins who pronounced her manager would not report her for serve shifts unless she private her box braids.
Tompkins posted to Facebook about the confront at the Westchester Mall store, observant that after a revisit from the district manager, who was white, the store manager, also white, told Tompkins she had to mislay her braids.
“I came in and he questioned me about the dress code and immediately, we suspicion there was something wrong with my outfit but he sat me down and questioned my hair instead,” Tompkins wrote in her Facebook post, which has been shared some-more than 16,000 times. “He told me that my braids were not Banana Republic suitable and that they were too ‘urban’ and ‘unkempt’ for their image.”
She tried to explain the character was meant to be protecting for her healthy hair since “it tends to turn really crisp in the cold” so the manager “recommended that we use shea butter for it instead.”
Tompkins pronounced the manager would not report her for some-more shifts if she refused to mislay the braids, and she felt so “uncomfortable” that she walked out before her change was over. “I have never been so flustered and degraded in my life by a white person.”
She pronounced the box braids were not a matter of unprofessionalism.
“They are protecting styles black women have used for their hair and to be discriminated against since of it is truly outrageous and unacceptable,” Tompkins said.
Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission deliberation treating someone differently formed on hair hardness race discrimination, many judges have not ruled in preference of plaintiffs suing employers for that kind of discrimination.
In 2016, a justice ruled that Chastity Jones’ intensity employer was allowed to anathema dreadlocks.
In 2014, the United States Army taboo dreadlocks altogether in their hair bathing policies but the Army changed that order in 2017, permitting (limited) dreadlock styles after several complaints and reviewing the guidelines.
“There’s no reason since a white person should feel allowed to tell me that we can’t wear my hair the way that we wish (because) it’s too black for their store image,” Tompkins wrote.
A orator from Banana Republic settled that “as a company, we have 0 toleration for discrimination. We take this matter very seriously and we are actively conducting an investigation. We are committed to support an thorough sourroundings where the business and the employees feel respected.”
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