The outbreak of the coronavirus has had a significant impact on the economy. People are out of jobs as many companies have been closing to help stop the spread of the virus. But there are still some companies, like grocery stores and pharmacies, that have been staying open to help the public obtain their necessities.
But the workers going into work are at high risk of being infected by the virus because of the working conditions. At least that’s the case at Trader Joe’s.
According to BuzzFeed News, workers at Trader Joe’s have been forced to work without gloves because it’s not aesthetically pleasing to the customers.
“Workers with the employee rights initiative the Coalition for a Trader Joe’s Union have said the company doesn’t want staff wearing gloves because they don’t look good for customers — despite the fact that customers might prefer them in gloves right now,” BuzzFeed News reports.
A Coalition spokesperson said that Trader Joe’s is operating under the notion that hand washing is more sanitary than wearing gloves, but in reality, “gloves are easier to maintain on register. You can remove them or sanitize them between customers, they remind us not to touch our faces, and they protect any open hand wounds (eczema, paper cuts, box cuts) from exposure.”