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Market of Choice employees walk off the job over BLM mask controversy

Employees walked out in protest of a ban on Black Lives Matter masks.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 7:02 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 12:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Employees at Market of Choice have walked off the job as a sign of solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

KEZI 9 News talked to two employees who work at the location on Green Acres Road in Eugene. They said they walked out because their human resources department and the store manager told them to take off masks that said Black Lives Matter on them.

Madeline Ritchie said there is a lot of confusion about where the company stands because Market of Choice released a statement claiming they support the movement.

"It was very important to us that we too support the movement and that we support the Black community in Oregon and the United States," Ritchie said. "It's really important as allies we show we support the Black community."

After hearing the news employees could not wear Black Lives Matter masks, dozens of employees walked off the job across the state including at stores in Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland. Ritchie said some assistant managers resigned as well.

A petition is circulating online in support of wearing the masks, and at last check, it has over 1,000 signatures.

KEZI reached out Market of Choice's Corporate office for comment but we have not heard back.

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