A coalition of women and labor groups will protest on Saturday at Whole Foods stores in Berkeley and Oakland.

The protests are part of a national backlash against the health food grocer for firing an employee at a Whole Foods store in Chicago after she missed work to care for her disabled son when the school system closed during harsh winter weather in January, according to the advocacy groups. Rhiannon Broschat had worked for Whole Foods for two years, and was reportedly fired for violating the company's attendance policy.

The rallies will start at 9 a.m. at the Berkeley store and 11 a.m. in Oakland. They are organized by national women's activist group UltraViolet and Fight For 15, a Chicago-based labor union for retail and fast-food workers, who are demanding better treatment of women employees.

Saturday is also International Women's Day.

Contact Heather Somerville at 510-208-6413. Follow her at Twitter.com/heathersomervil.



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