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Taco Bell says employees can wear Black Lives Matter masks after someone was fired for wearing one

Taco Bell has changed its policy

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A Taco Bell in Metairie, Louisiana.

This Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, photo shows a Taco Bell in Metairie, La.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

Taco Bell has changed its policy regarding employees wearing Black Lives Matter masks after one person was fired for wearing one, according to USA Today.

What’s going on?

  • Taco Bellsaid Thursday that it will not stop employees from wearing Black Lies Matter masks in the future after a former employee spoke out about being fired for supporting the movement, USA Today reports.
  • The employee, Denzel Skinner, said in a Facebook video that he was fired for refusing to take off his mask. He had worked at the restaurant for eight years.

What Taco Bell said:

  • Taco Bell apologized for the decision, and changed its policy, according to Newsweek.
  • “We believe Black Lives Matter. We were disappointed to learn about the incident that took place in Youngstown, Ohio. We take this very seriously; we have been working closely with our franchisee that operates this location to address the issue.”
  • “Our goal is to ensure our policies are inclusive and keep our team members and customers safe. While our policies at restaurants do not prohibit team members from wearing Black Lives Matter masks, we are working to clarify our mask policy so this doesn’t happen again.”

#RIPTacoBell

  • Social media criticized Taco Bell over the decision, which led to #RIPTacoBell to trend on Twitter. People slammed Taco Bell for posting a note about Black Lives Matter on social media but later deciding to reportedly fire an employee.