Naturalist, BEWARE! Having locs could cost you a job.
According to MSN, “The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions, effectively ruling that refusing to hire someone because of their dreadlocks is legal.”
In Mobile, Alabama, on behalf of Chastity Jones the EEOC filed a lawsuit after Catastrophe Management Solution rescinded a job offer. According to the lawsuit, the HR manager for the company called a private meeting with Jones to discuss problems with scheduling for the job and commented on her hair saying “they tend to get messy, although I’m not saying yours are, but you know what I’m talking about.”
The Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII, says that dreadlocs are a “racial characteristic” in the past have stereotyped African Americans “not team players” and should not be accepted in the workplace.In that case, the court of appeals ruled that hairstyles are interchangable and can’t be protected, which allows employers to deny jobs because of hair.
In my opinion, this is some bullsh*t. You mean to tell me even if you’re qualified for a job, you can be denied because of a hairstyle? FOH…….Let’s just hope The Supreme Court knocks this down before it goes to any other states.
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