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Workers speak out against Black Lives Matter face mask bans, as companies like Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods grapple with viral backlash

Workers speak out against Black Lives Matter face mask bans, as companies like Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods grapple with viral backlash




Restaurant and retail employees are fighting for the right to wear Black Lives Matter masks and t-shirts to work.




Some companies, such as Whole Foods and Chick-fil-A, are banning employees from wearing BLM gear.




Others, such as Starbucks and Wawa, have reversed course after initially prohibiting items supportive of the movement.






"We now have a generation of workers who will push traditional boundaries and test the company's commitments," said Jacinta Gauda, the principal at communications firm The Gauda Group.




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As the pandemic stretches on, face masks have become a safeguard for restaurant and retail workers across the US. Now, for some employees, the masks have increasingly become a chance to speak out against racism in America.
Employees at some of the largest chains in the US are wearing Black Lives Matter face masks and shirts on the job, following the death of George Floyd and protests against racism that swept the US.
Workers at fast-food chains including Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A have pushed back against management after being told they could not wear Black Lives Matter masks. Employees at grocery stores including Publix and Whole Foods have spoken out after they were banned from wearing Black Lives Matter masks and anti-racism shirts.
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