Last month, Destiny Tompkins went viral after revealing she was fired from Banana Republic for rocking a fresh set of box braids. The 19-year-old sophomore at SUNY Purchase was reportedly told that her waist length box beaded box braids were “too urban” and “unkempt”.
To add further insult, she was allegedly recommended to “use shea butter” after sharing that the style helped protect her hair from the cold. She was then advised that if she did not take them out, she would not be scheduled for any more shifts.
so today I went into work at Banana Republic at the Westchester Mall and after the district manager (a white woman)…
She refused and was effectively fired.
After her story went viral, the manager was fired, but now Destiny wants the retail giant to be accountable (and pay) for its actions. According to TMZ, she has since slapped a $1 million discrimination lawsuit against the company’s corporate office and regional managers.