Starbucks Employees Can Now Wear Black Lives Matter Attire
Starbucks said Friday that the chain would allow workers to wear attire and accessories highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement, reversing its prior stance after social media users called for boycotts of the company
The company will make 250,000 shirts with a design that includes “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” available to workers
Starbucks allows Black Lives Matter attire after social media backlash
BuzzFeed first reported on Wednesday that the coffee chain would not allow its employees to wear Black Lives Matter clothing or accessories, and management justified the decision by saying that such items could be misunderstood and incite violence. While Starbucks has a policy against wearing personal, political or religious clothing or accessories, workers told BuzzFeed that the company hands out buttons and attire celebrating LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
Starbucks will be doing the same for Black Lives Matter. The chain will make 250,000 shirts with a design that includes “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” available to workers in its company-owned cafes in the United States and Canada. The company said that it began planning to provide shirts for employees last week.
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