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Former Banana Republic employee files lawsuit for $1 million


Vengeance will be hers.


Destiny Tompkins, 19, who wassuspended in early October for wearing box braids is now suing Banana Republic for $1 million.


Tompkins, who is black, is suing the company in a discrimination lawsuit after her manager, who is white, told her the box braids she was wearing were “unkempt” and too “urban” for the company image and said he wouldn’t schedule her further if she didn’t take them out.



When Tompkins’ Facebook post on the incident went viral, Banana Republic fired the offending manager from the Westchester branch, but according to the lawsuit, the regional manager — who visited the store right before the manager made his decision to suspend Tompkins — faced no consequences.


Banana Republic and its parent company Gap Inc, as well as former store manager Michael Gennis and regional manager Jill Matejunas, are included in the suit, which was filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday.


Banana Republic told the Daily News they wouldn’t “comment on pending litigation,” but doubled down on their insistence that the company has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment.

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