JuiceLand is a series smoothie store in Texas. Based in 2011, it strives to domesticate “a enjoyable, inviting vibe in our outlets that’s inspiring and welcoming to all.” Some employees, nonetheless, really feel the chain hasn’t been welcoming. This previous summer season, they went on strike and used social media to element what they described as an unsafe work atmosphere. One employee talked about experiences that made them determine to affix the strike.
I had acknowledged it was a kind of very pretend “We’re all household” sorts of companies. Orientation may be very culty. It’s like, “We’re a household. We love one another. We’re inclusive and various.” However should you go into the outlets, there’s no variety actually. Besides for each every now and then there’s one or two folks of colour.
Whereas the warehouse is essentially the most various place within the firm—it simply occurs to be within the basement of the corporate.
However the different factor they are saying is, “Maintain them hungry.” And so they’re referring to not giving some folks numerous shifts. That manner persons are all the time hungry for shifts. So that you’re by no means short-staffed. You don’t give them sufficient hours to dwell.
There’s numerous small issues I might discover, just like the language they might use, the jokes that had been all the time going round, the sexual harassment I might hear about. After which it’s similar to, microaggressions. The way in which they might deal with Black or brown or immigrant workers versus white workers.
When white folks wouldn’t present as much as work, they’d come within the subsequent day and never get fired. Or like are available in late on daily basis and nothing would ever occur to them. There’s one worker, particularly, who was late, like, each single day—20 minutes late, not less than, and nothing would occur to them. However should you had been a Black worker and also you had been late, they’ll sit you down after some time, warning you about getting fired.
The worst factor they’ve accomplished was hearth a Black worker after he received in an argument with a non-Black worker. The Black worker got here in to the opposite particular person watching a YouTube video of this YouTuber saying the n-word, like over and time and again. When the Black worker informed him to cease listening—don’t watch that in entrance of him—the opposite particular person stated, “It’s okay to say.” After which he proceeded to say the total n-word, with the “r” and all.
They fully dismissed every part that occurred with that worker. They knew about it, noticed the video—supposedly despatched it to HR. I spoke with HR concerning the racial bias within the firm and the way it’s an issue. I sat within the assembly and stated that they’re not racially biased towards anyone. Then they fired the Black worker in all probability two weeks later.
Even when the strike occurred, they nonetheless wouldn’t admit something.
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