An internal memo from Starbucks to their employees has been leaked to the public highlighting that employees are prohibited to wear anything that shows support to the #BlackLivesMatter movement!
Starbucks is one of many popular brands that took to social media recently to publicly announce their support of the movement. However a circulated memo reminded employees of their policy against accessories that “advocate political, religious or personal issues.” reports The Hill.
Sources have confirmed that the memo also consisted of an attached video from one of the company’s top executives stating, “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.”
Black lives matter. We are committed to being a part of change.
You can find educational resources at https://t.co/xSXwaw2vQA. pic.twitter.com/ZxifsW7oeO
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) June 4, 2020
The continued statement reads, “We know your intent is genuine and understand how personal this is for so many of us. This is important and we hear you.”
It has been indicated that this call of action is to help create a safe and welcoming environment at all Starbucks locations.
“Starbucks LGBTQ+ partners wear LGBTQ+ pins and shirts, that also could incite and create violent experiences amongst partners and customers. We have partners who experienced harassment and transphobia/homophobia for wearing their pins and shirts, and Starbucks still stands behind them,” states a Black transgender employee to Buzzfeed,
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