Destiny Tompkins, a teen employee of a Banana Republic store in White Plains, NY, was told to change her hairstyle or she would be removed from the schedule. The student was told that her box braids were too "urban" and unprofessional and did not fit in with the image of the store. She refused, posted about the incident and the post soon went viral.
"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.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."
Banana Republic took notice after the post received more than 50,000 shares. A spokesperson for the company has now said that the manager has been fired and that "the company 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."