Courts Dismiss Dreadlocked Miss
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 5 months ago
Last time I checked, dreadlocks are a part of a racial and/or religious identity which should be enough of a reason to leave someone alone who wears them. Unfortunately for Chastity Jones of Mobile, Alabama, she got harassed by her H.R. manager and then fired for her hair. And despite the Civil Right’s specific iteration on the matter of infringement on racial identity or religion, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the Title VII defense.
“…according to Jones, a white human resources manager took issue with her dreadlocks, saying the style was against company policy because dreadlocks ‘tend to get messy, although I’m not saying yours are, but you know what I’m talking about.’”
“On Sept. 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of CMS’ decision to refuse to hire Jones because of her dreadlocks. The court disagreed with the EEOC’s claim that it is in fact racial discrimination. And while it’s no secret that dreadlocks are a hairstyle that have been worn by black people for decades, the court ruled that since the hairstyle is not an immutable characteristic of black people, it’s not racial discrimination.
‘As far as we can tell, every court to have considered the issue has rejected the argument that Title VII protects hairstyles culturally associated with race,’ stated judge Adalberto Jordan, who delivered the decision.”