A Former Banana Republic Employee Says Was Told Her Box Braids Were ‘Too Urban,’ Now She’s Suing the Company
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Gone are the days when employers can get away with racially charged comments masked in the form of appearance company guidelines. Because if they do, they run the high risk of getting blasted on social media, and getting sued.

Such is the case with Banana Republic. 

Earlier this year 19-year-old Destiny Tompkins, a then Banana Republic employee in White Plains, NY, was told by her boss, a non-person of color, that her beautiful box braids was ‘too urban’ of a hairstyle for the company’s culture. 

Since Destiny rightfully refused to change her hairstyle, she says she was given less shifts as direct result.

While many may forgotten about Destiny, she has quietly been plotting her next move — a $1 million discrimination lawsuit against the company. 

We’ll be closely following this story, and truly hope not only that Destiny wins but that this sends a clear message to all companies: stop talking about our hair. 

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