Wayfair employees walked out in protest over the company’s bed sales to migrant child detention centers.
Employees walked out of the company’s HQ in Boston on June 26 after the retailer said it would not stop supplying furniture to the centers. They say they found out the retailer reportedly sold $200,000 worth of furniture to use in a 3,000-person facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
According to the twitter account @wayfairwalkout, more than500 employees signed a letter calling on company executives to cut ties with contractors involved in operating these facilities. Wayfair’s leadership team responded saying it would fill the order.
“As a retailer, it is standard practice to fulfill orders for all customers and we believe it is our business to sell to any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries in which we operate,” they stated. “Your fellow employees hold a wide range of opinions and perspectives and Wayfair, as a mass-market brand, is oriented to serve a broad and diverse customer base.”
Wayfair has faced swift public backlash on Twitter with some customers saying they will pull their orders. The company has not yet responded to NowThis’ request for a comment.
The walkout comes as the Trump administration is under heightened scrutiny over the conditions of centers for migrant children along the border. A team of doctors and lawyers recently released a report detailing neglect and mistreatment of children at a facility in Clint, Texas.