It’s hard to keep up with all of the EEO and diversity-related news these days, so in case you missed it, read about it here…
In this case, an African-American woman was fired from Banana Republic for wearing her hair in box braids. A manager told the woman that her braids were too urban and unkempt for the Banana Republic image. He warned her that, until she changed her style, she would not be scheduled for anymore shifts. Unlike the situation that unfolded in our earlier post, in this case, the manager was fired from Banana Republic, and they made the following statement:
“Our team began an immediate investigation and the manager involved was promptly removed from the store,” she said in an email statement. “Today we concluded the investigation and can confirm that the manager has been terminated from the company. Banana Republic has zero tolerance for discrimination. This situation was completely unacceptable, counter to our policies, and in no way reflects our company’s beliefs and values.”
In this case, it appears Banana Republic acted promptly. Hopefully the company is taking actions to ensure that something like this does not happen in the future by training all managerial staff on the application of their anti-discrimination policies.