Black people keep getting denied opportunities and discriminated against due to our hair.
NBC reports that 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor that employers can deny hiring people with dreadlocks. The ruling came after a lawsuit was filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions in Mobile, Alabama.
The EEOC was representing Chastity Jones who lost a job offer due to the fact she had locks and Catastrophe Management Solutions asked her to get rid of them.
“They tend to get messy, although I’m not saying yours are, but you know what I’m talking about,” Wilson told Jones, the report says. Wilson then claimed that CMS would not hire Jones if she continued to have her hair in locks and eventually terminated her job offer.
The courts state that employers denying to hire people with dreadlocks is not discrimination and hairstyles are not “immutable physical characteristics.” AKA if your employer asks you to change up your hair you should just due to or lose it.
The insensitivity and attitude toward dreadlocks and black hair culture are nothing new. In recent years we have reported stories of schools punishing black students for sporting natural hair styles.
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Source: News One