Courts Dismiss Dreadlocked Miss

Submitted by: lalapancakes 5 months ago Lifestyle News & Politics

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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.

Cosmopolitan: “…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.”

There are 13 comments:
Male 530
so uncut hair and unkempt beards where the way my forefathers the Neanderthal chose to wear their (facial) hair. Does this mean that when I choose to wear my hair that way my employer couldn’t make a comment about it and set consequences if I don’t wear my hair according to regulations? . Why don’t we grow the F* up and learn to deal with disappointments and don’t call everything that isn’t in our favor ‘discrimination’. I had to crawl under narrow houses to pull wires, was forbidden to have a face piercing by my employer, had to stand straight for hours on end in the sun because someone torched a bulletin board, had to work but didn’t get paid for it and was forced to repair en electric sign in the pouring rain (while the electricity was on). And these are just a few of the things I had to deal with from employers during my time getting to were I am now. . Am I black? No I am a white middle aged man and my life mattered too. Only I didn’t ran to the newspapers and courtrooms to cry about it when something didn’t work out for me.
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Male 435
How in the heck is that racial discrimination?
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Male 1,052
May I ask why it had to be pointed out that the HR woman was white? Why does that matter?
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Male 1,255
Agreed.
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Male 3,609
I'm sure she had really short hair when they're hiring and two weeks later it bloomed into those nasty dreadlocks.
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Male 835
You both missed the part where it said that they refused to HIRE her because of the dreads, not that they fired her. Either way, to my way of thinking, there is not enough information here. What type of job? One around industrial machinery? In that case, dreads as long as those in the picture above could very well become a safety hazard. Prepared food? Hair like that could definitely be considered a health hazard. Either way, if company policy forbids hair like that, then they can't hire her. Period. And the government can't make them. As long as they can provide a valid reason why they don't allow hair like that, or any other way.
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Female 127
I wonder if they also hired her with the dreads.. wouldn't surprise me.
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Male 1,906
The nation is dying folks, you need to exercise your right to instill new governance while you can, before ultimately, it's too late.
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Female 127
But what governance? and how? when? where? .. this is a very difficult thing to achieve and must be done right in order to succeed. Those we would fight against may be the minority however, they also make the most formidable of foes.
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Male 3,452
If the dreads weren't interfering with her work, then firing her is idiotic. However, when clothing and hairstyles become racial characteristics then we have a problem where groups become ostracized. Ostracization of groups of people is what MLK was fighting against. Now people are fighting for it. Well, at least in my opinion
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Male 7,636
Damn filters. Again: Dreadlocks are not unique to any race or religion. Dozens of cultures have historically included dreadlocks. Please read the courts findings: "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." In pretty much every such case, each court has ruled that hair STYLES are not covered by Title VII. (And an appellate court upheld this particular decision). Add to that that companies have the right to set appearance standards as long as they do not violate Tile VII, this is a non-issue.
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Male 7,636
Sorry, Dreadlocks are not racial and/or religious. When a hair style has historically been worn by Ancient Greeks, Christians, Islamists, Aztecs, Buddhists and several other races, societies and religions, it cannot be considered unique to ones culture or religion. Please read the court findings: "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." Every Court that has had such cases have unanimously ruled that hair STYLES are not protected under Title VII. Plus, a company has a right to set an appearance policy, as long as it does not violate Title VII.
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Male 3,293
I wish dreadlocks would have stayed within the Rastafarian religion and not become a fake braided hair style.
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