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Racial discrimination claims against Whole Foods over Black Lives Matter masks dismissed

Whole Foods
Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:24:40-05

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims in a lawsuit filed by Whole Foods Market employees who alleged the supermarket chain discriminated and retaliated against them when it barred them from wearing Black Lives Matter face coverings .

More than two dozen current and former workers from 11 stores said in the July lawsuit that Whole Foods violated federal law that bars discrimination based on race.

But a federal judge Friday said because company did not single out the workers based on race, it did not discriminate.

Whole Foods said it agreed with the decision.

A lawyer for the employees pledged to keep pursuing the case.