Federal Appeals Court Rules that Banning Deadlocks in the Workplace is not Discrimination

A Federal Appeals Court, in a 3-0 decision, ruled that banning an employee from wearing locs is not racial discrimination. The case made its way to the courtroom when Chastity Jones applied to work at Catastrophe Management, however, she would only receive the job if she cut her locs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who represented Jones, claimed that: “prohibition of dreadlocks in the workplace constitutes race discrimination because dreadlocks are a manner of wearing the hair that is physiologically and culturally associated with people of African descent.”

The reason why the court made this ruling is because the law assumes that race is biological, not a social construct.

Via Essence