Whole Foods backs down on banning poppies at work

Whole Foods grocery chain has reversed its ban on employees wearing poppies at work, according to Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAuley.

“Just spoke to the chief operating officer of Whole Foods. Employees will now be able to wear their poppies at work,” MacAuley said in a tweet Friday afternoon.

U.S.-based Whole Foods Market had said poppies weren’t allowed under its recently updated uniform policy, which affects employees at its 14 locations across Canada — but the company wouldn’t say why.

An employee of the Whole Foods in Ottawa told CBC News she was told by a supervisor that wearing the poppy would be seen as “supporting a cause.” 

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