Paul Peter Nicolai
Race Case Against Whole Foods Dismissed
Updated: Apr 12, 2021
Whole Foods Market employees claimed it discriminated and retaliated against them when it barred them from wearing Black Lives Matter face coverings on the job. The company said the workers were disciplined for violating the company’s dress code, which prohibits slogans or logos not affiliated with it.
The case was dismissed.
Why This Is Important…
No employee argued they were discriminated against on account of race for advocating on behalf of a coworker subjected to discrimination. Title VII prohibits discrimination against a person because of race. It does not protect a right to associate with a given social cause, even a race-related one, in the workplace.