A California woman claims she was told she was no longer employed by the discount supermarket chain for wearing her Kitsch T-shirt while shopping at a Walmart store in February 2016.
“They said I couldn’t wear the towel at the store anymore,” Shira Shatz told NBC News.
“It’s not the Kitsch brand anymore, it’s not my name, I have to wear my Kitsch name.”
Shatz said she had been working for Walmart for a year when she said she was asked to change her clothes because she was wearing a T-Shirt with the slogan, “T-Shirts for the People.”
Shantz was not paid for the change, and was asked by her manager to remove her shirt, she said.
“I had to remove the shirt because I don’t want anyone to look at me,” she told NBC.
Shantz’s lawsuit was filed against Walmart, Walmart Supercenter and its parent company, Walmart Ventures, as well as the Kutchys company.
Walmart said the Kichts company never requested or gave Shatz her shirt.
“We are deeply disappointed in the decision, and are disappointed to learn of this incident,” Walmart said in a statement to NBC News, adding that the company would have terminated Shantz immediately if she had not returned to work.
Shatz had worn a Tshirt with the Kchitsch slogan, and the KChichts slogan was not on the shirt, according to her lawsuit.
Shatsa’s case is one of several against the discount chain that are in the news following a string of incidents.
In May, a Walmart employee allegedly shoved a pregnant woman to the ground, and another woman was allegedly beaten by a supervisor after allegedly saying, “If you don’t get pregnant, I’m going to beat you.”
In September, Walmart suspended a woman who was allegedly assaulted by a manager after a supervisor reportedly told her, “you’re not going to like this, you’re not coming back,” and then struck her with a baton.
And in November, a video surfaced of an employee in Florida allegedly kicking a man after he attempted to get away from a Walmart in Florida.
A Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider that Shatz’s lawsuit against the company is the first of its kind and does not involve a worker who was not compensated.
“Shira is seeking damages for the loss of her job, lost wages, and other lost earnings,” the spokesperson said.
The lawsuit is the latest in a string that have been filed against major retailers over allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
The #MeToo movement has seen numerous women coming forward to report abuse at the hands of their managers.
The hashtag #MeSo has gained traction in the last few years, with women using the hashtag to share their experiences of sexual abuse and discrimination at their employers.