Woman Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Banana Republic
A former Banana Republic employee is suing the company for discrimination after her bosses complained about her hair being in braids. Destiny Tompkins, worked for the company as a sales associate, was employed at their location in White Plains, New York. A short period of time after she was initially hired, the 19-year-old says that she was discriminated against for her hairstyle.
According to the details of the lawsuit, the caucasian store manager told Destiny that her braids were both “too urban” and “unkempt,” and they did not align with the store’s image. Tompkins refused to change her hairstyle, and after that she claims that she was completely taken off the work schedule. Although the store did not actually terminate her as an employee, they weren’t giving her any shifts, which implied the end of her association with the company.
Destiny’s story about her discrimination went viral a few months back after she posted a public rant on her Facebook page, which led to corporate firing the manager of the store she once worked at. Now, Tompkins is suing the corporate office, store, and regional managers, for at least $1 million.