Charles Thompson, an employee who says he was written up for wearing an "I Can't Breathe" mask last week, protests with coworkers outside the South Lake Union Whole Foods against store management not allowing workers to wear Black Lives Matter apparel in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. June 25, 2020.
Among the plaintiffs is Savannah Kinzer, who said she was sacked from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Whole Foods on Saturday for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask to work.
Several cities in the USA have approved murals or street paintings in support of Black Americans killed during encounters with police officers in recent weeks in response to massive nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. "Savannah had full understanding of our policies and was given a number of opportunities to comply".
The NYPD arrested four people who threw blue paint on the Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower in Midtown Friday claiming to be "Trans for Trump".
The suit claims that more than 40 staff at different United States locations had been punished for wearing Black Lives Matter masks in support of anti-racism in the wake of George Floyd's death in May.
'At our protest, we will have COVID-safe teams specifically created to be going around the crowds distributing masks, everyone attending will be asked to wear a mask, hand sanitiser will be distributed and people will be socially distanced, ' he said.
A local lawyer, an immigrant at that, named Maria Rutenberg said she wanted to "get her message out too".
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Other large businesses, including Costco, Taco Bell, and Chick-fil-A, have similarly banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter attire.
Suverino Frith, another Whole Foods employee and plaintiff, noted that "many of the essential workers at Whole Foods are people of color". "Employees have not been sent home or received discipline for wearing Pride pins or apparel", the complaint states.
You believe Black Lives Matter Priyanka, yet you have been deathly silent on the human rights violations of the people of Kashmir under the Indian government as well as the torturous conditions that they are forced to endure, some of which include grievous assault, detention, rape, murder, censorship, media and internet blackout and military rule.
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, donated $10 million last month to social justice groups, including the NAACP. He insists people will socially distance themselves from other protesters and everyone will be encouraged to wear a mask. "And that's the whole movement - is we've been afraid to do what's right", said Elola.
Whole Foods' actions are shameful, said Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, especially considering its employees have been putting their health at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.
"This was the BEST experience they have ever had with any police department", the statement read, adding that police expressed their "HIGH APPRECIATION for what Bevelyn and Edmee stood up for today".