An employee at an Alabama lingerie store has been fired after reportedly telling two black women to leave.
Kimberly Houzah was shopping at a Victoria’s Secret in Oxford, Alabama, Wednesday when she and another black woman were asked to leave, according to a Facebook Live video she posted online. Houzah said another black woman who she did not know had been caught shoplifting, and store management then turned their attention on her.
“[The employee] didn’t check my bag, she didn’t accuse me of of stealing, but because another black person happened to get caught stealing, we gotta be affiliated,” Houzah said in the ten-minute-long video.
The video has been viewed nearly 1 million times and prompted a response from the lingerie company, which said the employee who asked the women to leave has now been fired.
“Victoria’s Secret is adamant that all customers regardless of race be treated with dignity and respect at all times,” the company said in a statement posted to Facebook Wednesday night.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the incident took place in Mississippi. It happened in Alabama.