Dreadlocks Now Ban In The Workplace



In most recent news, federal courts have ruled that dreadlocks can now be ban in the workplace.

The Court of Appeals responded to a racial discrimination case back in 2010 in Alabama. Chastity Jones was getting ready to start her new job, but the offer was rescinded after Human Resources told her hairstyle was inappropriate. The woman’s reasoning was dreadlocks “tend to get messy.”

Chastity filed a suit with EEOC where they argued that the reason for not allowing dreads at the company is based on racial discrimination since the dreadlocks hairstyle are associated with African Americans. This case was later dismissed in  2015.

U.S. Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan says: “We recognize that the distinction between immutable and mutable characteristics of race can sometimes be a fine (and difficult) one, but it is a line that courts have drawn. So, for example, discrimination on the basis of black hair texture (an immutable characteristic) is prohibited by Title VII, while adverse action on the basis of black hairstyle (a mutable choice) is not.”

We have also seen the banning of other natural hairstyles in the school system and as a result parents were outraged.

What are your thoughts on this ruling?


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  1. Fungirl91 10 October, 2016 at 17:56 Reply

    This banned is about MONEY. They’re only placing these workplace ban’s to try and force black people to buy fake and/or virgin hair. Our natural locks of hair is cutting into their profit.
    We are very much aware that the USA has an exclusive agreement with Korea for import of wigs and loose hair.
    Once again, the government is trying to manage black people lives, by telling us that OUR HAIR must be worn a certain way.
    We have to stand together against all injustices. We must buy black and choose how “we” will wear our hair: natural, curly, relaxed, weaves, dreads, cornrows or braids. Our hair, our choice.

  2. MyFluffyPuffs
    Fluffy 11 October, 2016 at 07:16 Reply

    I can’t count the times I’ve seen people come to work with filthy, oily and flaky dandruff hair. I wouldn’t even be surprised to find out someone actually had lice and showed up to work! Locs is such a high maintenance style it requires you to be clean. This judge is ignorant and knows nothing about hair, he’s not qualified to rule on his personal opinion.

  3. Fungirl91 2 November, 2016 at 17:27 Reply

    If we don’t VOTE, judges like these will be dictating against blacks and people of color on ALL TYPES OF RIDICULOUS rulings. Non-blacks are continually saying, “Obama is the reason for all this division, presently in America “. They’re totally forgetting about slavery, jim crow, segregation and mass incarceration. I’m not against all whites, I’m against the bigotry that wants blacks to get back. WE MUST GET OUT AND VOTE! ! ! ! !

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