Apparently if you have a job as a security officer you cannot have an afro. One lady learned this the hard way, when she was fired because she refused to ‘tame’ her hair. As a result Tiffany Bryan filed a $900,000 lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court because of the discrimination she faced. Tiffany is only 27 years old and a bone marrow cancer survivor, so naturally she decided to stay away from chemicals and go natural in 2008.
We can only imagine the joy she must be feeling after finally seeing her hair start to grow back after all the chemotherapy she had to endure due to her sickness. To be quite honest was a little surprised at this, because I figured Brooklyn would be a little bit more tolerant than it actually is. The Barclays Center probably provided many jobs for people who otherwise did not have one so the value of that should out weigh a hair style.
Of course again, the afro trumps all of that and it again becomes center stage in a very negative way causing one woman to endure constant harassment due to her hair and eventually she was fired.
We still have work to do ladies, you would think something as simple as hair would not cost you your livelihood but it can. We see it everyday and sometimes we take it lightly because it hasn’t happened to us.
There is definitely discrimination in the work place and the argument still remains unresolved about what is considered appropriate for work. We will be watching to see how this turns out, Tiffany might get a huge payday, we just have to watch and see.
From the NY Post:
Bryan said she was first hired by AEG Worldwide in September 2013 and didn’t receive any hair-related reprimands until security supervisor Denise Brown told her last March that she “looked like she stuck her finger in a socket and was electrocuted.”
just sad! Comment below and share your thoughts on this one!