Taco Bell has come under serious fire after sacking an employee who wore a Black Lives Matter face mask.
Denzel Skinner was a team leader at the Taco Bell in Youngstown, Ohio, and had been a loyal employee for over eight years.
When he showed up to work wearing a Black Lives Matter face covering, he was asked to remove it. Skinner refused and walked out. He was immediately fired.
Skinner then began streaming to Facebook Live where he explained what had happened.
He said he was told by a supervisor he couldn’t wear the face cover but he was adamant Taco Bell’s policy says nothing about face covers with messages on them.
He then added the only thing he knew about Taco Bell’s face mask policy, was that the face masks had to be clean – and that the ones provided to members of staff were inadequate.
Taco Bell themselves have spoken out, claiming they are very disappointed in the Ohio restaurant’s decision.
We are working with our franchisee that operates this location to understand what happened.
While our policies at restaurants do not prohibit Team Members from wearing Black Lives Matter masks, we are working to clarify our mask policy so this doesn’t happen again.
We believe Black Lives Matter.
They also claimed they have apologized to Denzel.