Earlier this month, the B&H Photo employee posted, “I proudly oppose the Black Lives Matter movement. You should too.” Another B&H Photo employee emailed a screen shot of the post to PetaPixel, concerned that an HR employee would publicly post such a comment.
“While we understand that these are their personal opinions, they ultimately create unsafe and unjust workplaces for the numerous [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] who work for the company,” the B&H tipster told PetaPixel via email. “It is extremely worrisome that a human resources employee–who is at least tangentially involved in the hiring process, and would potentially be one to hear complaints from BIPOC–is making these statements.”
B&H Photo Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Gerstel noted that the company “immediately took action once we became aware of this social media post.”
“The employee has been removed from his position in human resources,” Gerstel said. “At B&H we stand for a diverse and inclusive world, free from hate, where respect and kindness prevail.” But, in a follow-up with B&H Photo, the firm acknowledged that “removed,” did not mean the employee was fired. “Individual was immediately removed from his position in human resources and has not been assigned to a new position as the company evaluates its options,” the firm noted in a statement.
Another B&H Photo employee also posted on their own social media with even more inflammatory BLM comments, but the company had yet to comment about that employee at the time of publication.Last modified on Saturday, 13 June 2020