More than a dozen workers at a Massachusetts Whole Foods Market say they were sent home for showing support for Black Lives Matter.
Seven workers at the store on River Street in Cambridge were sent home Wednesday for wearing “Black Lives Matter” face masks, and 14 were sent home Thursday.
“When I first got into the job and applied, they were very inclusive about everything. Race, gender, age, anything,” said Leavar Michael, who works at the store. “And so now that they’re sending us home because we want to support a movement for human rights, it kind of contradicts what they’ve been preaching since I’ve applied for the job.”
“I am honestly very surprised considering how much Whole Foods and Amazon tell us that they have our back, that they support us, that there’s no place for racial inequality,” added Kirby Burt.
Whole Foods is owned by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
“We believe that he should allow us, as store workers, to internalize the movement and allow us to wear a simple statement,” said Savannah Kinzer, who distributed the masks.