The Amazon owned supermarket chain Whole Foods is making the argument that it has a Constitutional right to ban its workers from wearing a “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) mask while working, according to Bloomberg news.
The company is making the argument that if the federal labor board forces companies to allow the antagonistic message on employee facemasks, they will be violating the First Amendment.
Liberals, who are not too bright, would take it that the employee’s First Amendment rights are what would be violated if they are banned from wearing the BLM masks. The point is, the company, which is owned and run by people, has the right to tell employees how they are to dress and conduct themselves when representing the company. The Marxist employees can wear their BLM mask anywhere at any time they want when it is their time, but not on the clock at work.
It’s called a company dress code. Businesses have used them since there have been businesses.
Jennifer Abruzzo, general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, filed a complaint back in November claiming that Whole Foods infringed on federal law by enforcing a workplace dress code that banned “Black Lives Matter” masks.
The complaint should be easily dismissed because the company does not allow logos or wording on apparel that’s not related to the company. BLM is not being singled out. What the Marxist group is asking for is not equal treatment but special treatment.
Abruzzo’s complaint insinuated that Whole Foods illegally banned several of its employees from displaying “Black Lives Matter” logos on masks and other apparel and punished workers who violated the company regulation.
Should Whole Foods workers be allowed to wear facemasks with logos of competitors like Trader Joe’s or Wegmans? No, because Whole Foods has the right to present the image they want to their clientele and that includes their workers.
It is so ridiculous to have to get to this point. BLM is a Marxist group with violent thugs who are fighting to change America into a communist country. American citizens have been beaten and their property stolen, set on fire and worse by BLM activists. If a business does not want that anti-American sentiment broadcast to their customers by their own employees, they have the right to make a policy barring such an inflammatory group from being advertised by their employees.
In a December 17 filing, Whole Foods said that Jennifer Abruzzo attempted to “compel” speech, violating the First Amendment and “unlawfully infringing upon and/or diluting protected trademarks” [of Whole Foods] by attempting to force the company to allow political messages through its company uniforms.
The company argued in its filing that the National Labor Relations Act does not offer protection for “political and/or social justice speech.” And it doesn’t, because those are things employees can do when they are not working.
“Whole Foods contends that Section 7 of the NLRA, which protects employees’ right to take collective action related to working conditions, doesn’t extend to workers’ BLM messages, which it calls ‘political and/or social justice speech,'” the outlet added. “The company’s filing argues that ‘BLM’ and related phrases ‘are not objectively understood to relate to workplace issues or improving working conditions at WFM’s retail grocery stores’ or employment terms and conditions in general.”
It is a solid and rational argument, but we do not live in times with rational government.
“Employees do not have a protected right under Section 7 of the Act to display the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘BLM’ in the workplace,” according to the filing.
A trial is set to take place in March.
An Amazon spokesperson told the New York Post that the company dress code “bans any visible slogans or logos that aren’t company-related and does not single out the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.” And there you go.
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“Our dress code policy is designed to ensure we are giving Team Members a workplace and customers a shopping experience focused entirely on excellent service and high-quality food,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We do not believe we should compromise that experience by introducing any messages on uniforms, regardless of the content, that shift the focus away from our mission.”
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