LuLaRoe is no stranger to controversy and just when you think they can’t get any worse, they do. The latest shenanigans today (and they are happening daily, as of late) is the civil suit filed by Brandon Stubblefield, alleging blatant racism. This is the first that we’ve heard of home office racism, but I’m honestly not surprised that LuLaRoe racism exists. If they can perpetuate and allow discrimination and retailer mocking people with disabilities, nothing would surprise me.
The things I’m going to talk about in this post are triggering – there’s no way for me to avoid that. Please heed this warning and steel yourself for the worst, because it is bad.
From the filing, we have these complaints listed.
Brandon was a warehouse forklift operator. He started his employment from about November 7, 2016, with termination commencing on July 17, 2017. Hector Casas became his supervisor shortly after the holidays at the end of 2016.
It is alleged that Brandon, as well as his other African-American colleagues, were mistreated, yelled at, harassed, berated, and disrespected. Brandon was on a small team of people with 10-12 other team members and feel that he was singled out due to his race.
Some of the racial slurs and epitaphs are listed in the filing and are shown below.
In one particularly heinous event, Hector Casas failed to stop other employees from singing “Wade in the Water” in jest, a song associated with slave labor in the antebellum South, while Brandon was moving heavy objects.
Around May 9, 2017, Brandon reported these incidences to LuLaRoe Human Resources. After he reported these incidents to HR, Hector suspended him in an alleged act of retaliation.
In another incident, an employee told Brandon that the cashews that he was eating looked like n*igger toes. He complained about the incident and was forced to go home early that day due to not feeling well. It appears as if he did not ask to go home but was instead forced to go home. In response to the complaint, Hector disciplined Brandon and gave him a written warning.
From the filing:
Brandon made four different complaints to HR and it appears that each time a complaint was made, the retaliation increased, and he was not aware of Hector being disciplined at all.
Sometime after that, a meeting took place, without Brandon being present, stating that there were to be “no more n*gger jokes” in the workplace. This meeting demonstrates that LuLaRoe HR knew about the situation yet did nothing to rectify the situation.
On July 13, 2017, Brandon made his last complaint. Days later, he was terminated.
This is not the first time that we’ve heard of LuLaRoe refusing to assist someone who has lodged a complaint with LuLaRoe Human Resources. If you remember in my post about Mack, they also had lodged a complaint about sexual harassment that was ignored.
Brandon’s attorneys have asked for the following:
Yet again, LuLaRoe has raised the bar regarding how low they can go. If they go any lower, they’ll be underground and I’m sure that will happen soon enough. I am appalled and disgusted at the lack of compassion shown by LuLaRoe. They continue to allow blatant discrimination at the hands of their retailers. They continue to allow retailers to mock people with disabilities, with nothing more than a 30-day selling suspension. They now turn a blind eye to racism at the Layered One’s office. The court will open their eyes, whether they want them opened or not.
I hope that this gets out to the press everywhere. I hope that people contact Disney about this and have contacted them about the NDSS issue. I hope that Disney will see through the very thin veil that LuLaRoe tries to use to hide their dirty little secrets.
Being an ex-retailer, I continue to feel dirty and soiled by LuLaRoe and how they operate this business. I wish that I had never heard of them, let alone joined the CULTure.