A 19-year-old Banana Republic employee made the news after her store manager suspended her for wearing box braids. Destiny Tompkins is a college student in New York and worked at a local Banana Republic store in the Westchester Mall. When she came into work, the manager pulled her into his office to speak about some “dress code” issues. He thought her boxer braids were too ‘urban’ and ‘unkempt’ for Banana Republic’s image. Feeling shocked and offended about the situation, Tompkins did the next best thing and put the entire store on blast via Facebook. Her manager has since been fired after her post went viral.
A Banana Republic spokesperson told the News that an investigation of the manager’s actions was conducted after Tompkins’ allegations went public and the manager was fired.
“This week, one of our store managers questioned an African American employee’s braided hairstyle. Our team began an immediate investigation and the manager involved was promptly removed from the store,” the spokesperson told the News. “This situation was completely unacceptable, counter to our policies, and in no way reflects our company’s beliefs and values.”Tompkins hasn’t posted any Facebook updates since her original one — aside from sharing an ABC News clip about the story — and it is unclear if Tompkins will return to the store. After the manager suspended her shifts, she walked out before her shift was over.
In Tompkins’ version of the story, the district manager arrived prior to the store manager calling her into his office, but Banana Republic has not yet made it clear if the district manager has faced any disciplinary action.