Federal Court Rules It’s OK for Employers to Prohibit Dreadlocks

“How can the court or an employer feel they have a right to strip us of this option to wear whatever hairstyle we chose?” said Lissiah Taylor Hundley, vice president of workforce diversity and inclusion, university relations and military hiring at Comcast.

By Sheryl Estrada

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An insurance claims processing company in Alabama, Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS), refused to hire Chasity Jones, a Black woman, because she has dreadlocks. In a 3-0 decision, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of CMS last week, asserting that it’s legal for companies to refuse employment based on hairstyles.

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