Fired From Hooters Because Of Blonde Highlights
The Huffington Post
By Julee Wilson
Posted: 10/22/2013 10:04 am EDT | Updated: 10/22/2013 6:47 pm EDT
When will the foolishness and hoopla around black people's hair stop? Over the past year we've had to hear about a little girl being kicked out of school for wearing locs, an Ohio school banning a list of natural hairstyles and let's not forget meteorologist Rhonda Lee who was fired for defending her right to rock her natural hair on TV.
Now comes news out of Baltimore that a black woman has allegedly been fired from her job because of her blonde highlights.
Farryn Johnson told Maryland's CBS News affiliate
that she was let go from her job as a waitress at Hooters due to
'"improper image" after the 25-year-old refused to remove blonde
highlights from her dark brown hair.
"They specifically said, 'Black women don't have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,'" Johnson told CBS.
"I didn't see that it would be a big issue just because there were a
lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with
color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair
and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks so I didn't think
it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my
Johnson has reportedly filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Right.
"The law is clear that employers can't have two separate unequal sets
of rules—one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody
else, and yet that's exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss
Johnson, an African-American employee solely because she's
African-American. They targeted her because of her hair solely because
of her race,” Johnson's attorney, Jessica Weber, told CBS.
Hooters has declined to comment, citing pending litigation.