Should employers be allowed to discriminate against dreadlocks?
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Should employers be allowed to discriminate against dreadlocks?

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that refusing to hire someone because they have dreadlocks is legal. The court ruled it is not discriminatory for an employer to include hairstyles in a "race-neutral grooming policy" because hair is not an "immutable physical characteristic." But critics argue allowing employers to discriminate against a hairstyle associated with black culture and Rastafarianism is textbook racism. What do you think? 💇🏿

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers are allowed to refuse to hire someone because they have dreadlocks. The court ruled against a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS) which terminated the job offer of an applicant because he had dreadlocks.

According to the case file, Jeannie Wilson, a human resources manager for CMS, commented on Jones’ dreadlocks during a private hiring meeting to discuss scheduling conflicts, telling Jones, “they tend to get messy, although I’m not saying yours are, but you know what I’m talking about.” Wilson told Jones that CMS would not bring Jones on board with dreadlocks, terminating the job offer.

The EEOC argued refusing to hire someone because they have dreadlocks is in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII, arguing dreads are "racial characteristics." The court of appeals disagreed, arguing essentially that because hairstyles are not fixed and can be changed, it is ok for an employer to discriminate against certain styles they view as unprofessional.

But many are calling this ruling textbook racism, essentially allowing employers to legally discriminate against black applicants.

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