Taco Bell responds after worker claimed he was fired over Black Lives Matter face mask
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Taco Bell has responded after an Ohio restaurant manager claimed he was fired for wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask to work.
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The fast food chain voiced their support for the movement, revealing that the company has since apologized to the employee involved and that the issue is being addressed with the local franchisee.
Denzel Skinner recently alleged in a Facebook Live video that he had been fired from the Taco Bell for refusing to remove the BLM face mask while at work, WFMJ reports. The Youngstown man had been employed at that branch of the chain for eight years.
A segment of Skinner's original video, which was shared to Facebook on June 8, hit Twitter on Thursday morning, where it has since gone viral with over 1 million views.
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In the quick clip, Skinner said he was "standing up for what's right" as he refused to remove the face covering in a heated conversation with another manager, who was out of the frame.
"You can't bring politics into the building," the unseen manager said, insisting that employees had to wear "plain" face masks.
"I'm not bringing politics in, this is what I'm standing for," Skinner replied.
The argument continued, as the other manager claimed that the Black Lives Matter mask was not allowed as a "company thing."
According to WFMJ, Skinner said that a manager told him to remove the Black Lives Matter mask, a request which he refused. Skinner walked out of the restaurant, as his coworker threatened that if he left the building, he would lose his job.
"I'm getting fired from my job because I have a Black Lives Matter mask," Skinner wrote on Facebook.