As the nation still grapples with the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, companies are facing scrutiny as their employees claim that they are not allowed to wear items that show support for the cause. At businesses like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Taco Bell, and Starbucks, employees stated that they could not express their support of the Black Lives Matter movement through their masks, pins, or t-shirts. Employers took a different stance, acknowledging the cause while also noting that it simply violated dress code standards.
In a Detriot News article on the topic, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz writes of a situation in Chicago where an employee was “told to stop wearing it because it was ‘political,’ ‘controversial’ and ‘disruptive’” after only two hours on the job. Many businesses will face public scrutiny in how they address issues of equality and fighting racism in America. Without supporting employees and supporting issues of human rights, businesses could face serious backlash.
At First Response, we can help you create guidelines and standards that support your employees and accurately represent your values. With resources like our HR Advisor, you are provided with counsel that will help you create your policies and procedures to accurately and effectively support you and your employees.