Sacramento-area company Temple Coffee told its employees this week that protective face masks violate its dress code and that workers who cannot show up for shifts due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic should reach out to the unemployment department.
The company, which owns seven locations in the region and sells its coffee at most supermarkets, later apologized for the email — but not before blowback on social media.
The public’s response prompted Temple founder Sean Kohmescher to announce on Thursday that he would be “stepping aside” from his role in the company.
In an email to staff obtained by CapRadio, he wrote that he would be giving “100 percent authority on all company-wide decisions” to its director of retail operations. Two current Temple workers confirmed that they received the email.