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Connections: Why a court ruled that firing an employee for wearing dreadlocks is not discrimination

Jan 4, 2017

A federal court has ruled that if an employer fires a worker for wearing his or her hair in dreadlocks, it's not racial discrimination. Did the court get it right?

The case centered on Chastity Jones, a woman who was offered a job with an insurance claims processing company, but had the offer rescinded because she wore dreadlocks. Jones said it was a form of discrimination. A judge decided that while firing based on skin color is not protected, firing based on hairstyle is protected; the judge said that race can not be changed, but hairstyle can be changed.

We discuss the case with our guests: