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A former Aritzia employee is calling out the Canadian retailer for anti-Black racism. Karissa Lewis says she was treated differently from other managers at Aritzia’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre location because she is a Black woman.

Even though she was an associate manager, Karissa was made to spend the bulk of her time working cashier shifts compared to a new white employee with a lower position, who was given management shifts.

She also recalled a time when the company VP visited the store and would only engage with the white members of the management team.

Another former Black employee who worked for Aritzia at two Toronto locations also spoke out against the company.

Of course, Aritzia is doing damage control given the current climate; their COO Jennifer Wong says they’ve “launched a full investigation” and are committed to “immediate action” to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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