Banana Republic manager fired after calling employee's hair too 'urban'

Banana Republic manager fired after calling employee's hair too 'urban'

A manager at a popular fashion retail store has been fired after pillorying an employee for her style of hair – Cosmopolitan reports.

The manager, who worked at Banana Republic, allegedly chastised a black female staff member for her “urban” and “unkempt” hair.

The employee, Destiny Tompkins, revealed in a Facebook post, that her white male manager pulled her into a meeting regarding dress code.

However, whilst Tompkins was expecting to be told that her dress was inappropriate, she was questioned regarding her hair, which she wore in braids.

Tompkins wrote: “When I tried to explain to him that it was a protective style for my hair bc it tends to become really brittle in the cold, he recommended that I use shea butter for it instead. I have never been so humiliated and degraded in my life by a white person.

“Box braids are not a matter of unprofessionalism, they are protective styles black women have used for their hair and to be discriminated against because of it is truly disgusting and unacceptable.”

She added: “There’s no reason why a white person should feel allowed to tell me that I can’t wear my hair the way that I want bc it’s too black for their store image. [sic]"

Banana Republic commented: “This week, one of our store managers questioned an African American employee’s braided hair style. Our team began an immediate investigation, and the manager involved was promptly removed from the store.

“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."

  • ChrisS
    ChrisS
    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 1:29pm BST
    There must be more to this surely? I'm not sure which is more odd: for someone to query braids in a casual retail environment or for the employee to play the race card to the max and assert "I have never been so humiliated and degraded in my life by a white person". And was dismissal really a proportionate response?

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