Black Waitress Fired From Hooters For Having Blonde Streaks In Hair [VIDEO]
Hooters has been notorious for being at odds with their employees and the latest accusation against the restaurant is nothing short of ridiculous. Farryn Johnson alleges that she was fired because of she chose to dye blonde highlights into her hair. Following company policy is one thing but the ex-server said her hairstyle was only outlawed because she is African-American.
Apparently since "Black people" can't naturally grow blonde hair, they're disallowed from wearing the color altogether.
Says CBS Baltimore:
Specifically, the complaint alleges white waitresses are allowed to have highlights in their hair, but black waitresses are not.
Farryn Johnson's blonde highlights–now at the center of a complaint filed with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.
“My other coworkers, they all had different colors in their hair, like red and blonde highlights. I didn't think it would be an issue,” she said.
Johnson, 25, was fired from her job as a waitress at Baltimore's Harborplace Hooters in August after she was told by managers her hair color violated employee image standards.
“They gave me write ups and they told me I need to take the color out of my hair. And they said I couldn't have blonde in my hair because I'm black. They specifically said ‘black women don't have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,'” said Johnson.
“What's wrong is that both federal and state law clearly say employers can't impose two separate and distinct rules governing employee standards–one for African-American employees and one for everyone else. And that's clearly what Hooters did here,” said attorney Jessica Weber, Brown Goldstein Levy.
The 1960s saw the Civil Rights movement battle against skin color discrimination. In 2013, it's hair dye.
At this rate, you can expect to see employees canned over colored contacts in about 50 years.