Ellie Hall
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Trader Joes stated the employee wasnt fired for raising security issues, however since of “disrespect he showed towards our clients.”

Posted on February 28, 2021, at 4:03 p.m. ET

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A former Trader Joes employee says that he was fired for advocating for increased corporate COVID-19 security preventative measures, especially for asking for that workers be provided the capability to get rid of maskless consumers from stores.On Friday, NYC resident Ben Bonnema tweeted that he had simply been fired from his position as a team member at Trader Joes store 545 on New Yorks Citys Upper West Side because of a letter he sent to the companys CEO asking for extra coronavirus office safety steps. He published an image of the email in his tweet, which went viral and has actually been retweeted almost 40,000 times so far.In the letter to company CEO Dan Bane sent previously this month, Bonnema pointed out new research studies about the threats of aerosol transmission of the coronavirus and asked that Trader Joes embrace more practices to enhance air purification and blood circulation, and also monitor CO2 levels in its stores.

trader joes just fired me for sending this letter to the ceo, saying i do not share the business worths. i guess advocating for a safer work environment isnt a business worth?

10:05 PM – 26 Feb 2021

Twitter: @BenBonnema

Bonnema also requested that new business policies be enacted to permit employees to prevent anybody without a mask to be permitted inside a Trader Joes and provide workers the right to get rid of clients without masks or those using masks incorrectly.” These changes can just come with your approval,” he stated. Please show up for us by embracing these policies.”

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” BuzzFeed News has asked Trader Joes if the documents shared on Twitter are genuine and for clarification about Bonnemas employment period and efficiency.

Trader Joes representative Kenya Friend-Daniel refuted Bonnemas claims that he had actually been fired for his letter in a declaration to BuzzFeed News, stating that the business” [had] never, and would never ever, terminate a crew members work for raising security concerns.”” Nothing is more vital at Trader Joes than the safety of our crew members and clients,” she stated. “During his short period with Trader Joes, this crew members recommendations were listened to, and appropriately dealt with. Shop leadership ended this Crew Members work due to the fact that of the disrespect he revealed towards our clients.” However, according to what appears to be a main notice of work termination that Bonnema published to his Twitter account, it was his proposition about enhancing work environment security by imposing mask wearing that resulted in his firing.” In a current e-mail, you recommend adopting a 3 strike policy against consumers and a policy implementing the very same lodgings for every client with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. These recommendations are not in line with our core values. In addition, you specify that Trader Joes is not appearing for us without adopting your policies.”” It is clear that you do not understand our worths. As a result we are no longer comfy having you work for Trader Joes.”.

According to what appears to be a main performance evaluation that Bonnema published on Twitter, in August he was provided ideal marks in the categories “customer performance” and “values.” In particular, the review applauded his customer care. “We value the dedication and care you give to our clients each and every day, as you continue to have thoughtful interactions with them at the register and on the sales floor … It is an absolute enjoyment to have you with us. Maintain the great work.” BuzzFeed News has asked Trader Joes if the documents shared on Twitter are legitimate and for information about Bonnemas work period and performance.

Bonnema has maintained legal representation to eliminate his “vindictive termination” and prepares to provide his case to the National Labor Relations Board, his lawyer Benjamin Dictor informed BuzzFeed News in a statement Sunday.( Dictor is likewise a lawyer for the NewsGuild of New York, which represents the editorial workers at BuzzFeed News.)” Mr. Bonnemas spotless employment record with the company is just further proof that the businesss choice to terminate him from his work was an unlawful effort to threaten, limit and coerce Mr. Bonnema and his colleagues from engaging in secured collective activity,” he said. “Mr. Bonnema has a federally-protected right to advocate for the work environment safety of his coworkers. Terminating him for doing so is wicked.” BuzzFeed News reporter Salvador Hernandez contributed to this story.

Bonnema also requested that new corporate policies be enacted to allow employees to avoid anybody without a mask to be allowed inside a Trader Joes and provide workers the right to eliminate clients without masks or those wearing masks incorrectly.” Nothing is more important at Trader Joes than the security of our team members and clients,” she stated. “During his short tenure with Trader Joes, this crew members recommendations were listened to, and properly attended to. As a result we are no longer comfortable having you work for Trader Joes.”.

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