Sunday, May 19, 2024

Kroger Apologizes to Employee Sent Home for Wearing Colin Kaepernick Jersey on ‘NFL Jersey Day’

Elijah Scott
Elijah Scott

*Kroger supermarket has apologized to a 16-year-old employee of its Springfield, Ohio store after it sent him home for wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey while participating in the supermarket’s “Wear a Football Jersey Day.”

On Sundays during football season, employees are allowed and encouraged to rep their favorite football teams through either jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters, under its “NFL Gear” policy.

When Elijah Scott showed up this past Sunday in his Kaepernick jersey, his boss forced him to leave.

According to the New York Daily NewsElijah said he was told a customer complained to the manager and said he “wasn’t going to shop there again” if Elijah was allowed to wear the “disrespectful” jersey.

Scott posted the below photos on Snapchat where he spoke out about the discrimination.

Elijah Scott
Elijah Scott (Snapchat)

Kroger’s corporate office did not support the decision of Scott’s boss to send Elijah home and issued the following statement, saying they have apologized to him and his mom.

Via TMZ:

“We are proud and privileged to employ a workforce and to serve a customer base as diverse as America. We are aware of this situation and have apologized to Elijah and his mother. Diversity, inclusion and respect are among our company’s core values and ones we strive to live up to every day.”

So far no word if the company is planning any disciplinary action against Elijah’s boss. His mother, Diane, told us the company promised to pay Elijah for the time he missed.

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