Publix employee quits after he says he was told he couldn’t wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ mask at work
A Publix employee at a Publix supermarket in Lehigh Acres, Fla., said he quit his job recently after he was told by a supervisor that he wouldn’t be allowed to wear his “Black Lives Matter” mask on the work…
Publix employee Quinton Desamours told the News-Press in Fort Myers over the weekend that he had worn a mask that read “BLM,” an acronym for “Black lives matter,” to figure earlier this month.
But shortly after arriving at the shop for work on June 6, Desamours said he was stopped by his assistant manager over the mask.
The 18-year-old told the paper that the Publix supervisor said at the time that he was “was endangering myself and everybody else who worked there.”
“Then he said he couldn’t have me out on the ground thereupon mask on,” he went on to recall of the incident.
Publix employee Desamours said he quit the work , where he had reportedly worked for roughly a month and a half, shortly after, saying: “I don’t need to be a neighborhood of a corporation that’s not committed to creating a change.”
“We need to make people uncomfortable to urge change,” he also told the publication.
‘This was never a political statement to me. it had been all about equality and human rights,” he also said.
The Hill has reached bent Publix for comment.
In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Publix said the company’s “uniform policy doesn’t permit non-Publix messaging on clothing or accessories.”
But in an interview with an area ABC affiliate earlier this month, Desamours said that “many, many Publix employees have different designs on their masks.”
“There is an employee that features a cartoon on his mask. So, it looks like they only didn’t just like the message i used to be trying to portray,” he continued.
“They say they represent justice against racism and inequality but as soon as I get up against something in their uniform, they do not love it ,” Desamours added.
The incident happened round the time Publix CEO Todd Jones sent an letter to store associates that rejected “racism and discrimination” amid ongoing protests against police brutality and racial inequality and announced a $1 million contribution to National Urban League affiliates.