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Costco blasted for penalizing workers for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks

Costco is facing backlash after several employees were reportedly punished for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks.

The incidents occurred at Costco warehouses or stores in Louisville, Delaware, Chicago and New Jersey, when several employees who wore Black Lives Matter face masks were asked to either change their mask or go home, according to Courier-Journal.

The managers reportedly told the workers that the masks violated the company’s anti-harassment policy, which prohibits “all forms of harassment based upon on race, color, national origin…political ideology, and expression.”

According to Buzzfeed, employees were allowed to wear logos of their favorite sports teams, movie characters, gay pride symbols, and blue American flags in support of the police. However, Costco, which mandates all employees to wear masks while working, reportedly only punished employees who wore Black Lives Matter masks.

By reprimanding the employees who wore the Black Lives Matter masks, it goes against the statement given to employees following the death of George Floyd.

Costco CEO, Craig Jelinek, wrote that the company is “committed to taking care of our employees, building a diverse workforce, and treating each other in a fair, honest, respectful, and inclusive way.”

After meeting with Black employees on July 10, Jelinek reportedly told them that if he permitted Black Lives Matter–related attire at the workplace, he would also have to allow “All Lives Matter” symbols as well.

Costco has yet to comment on the matter, but the company continues to catch heat on social media.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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