A flight attendant reported that the airline she worked for discriminated against her due to her hairstyle. She shared with the news that she was ridiculed and made fun of due to her Bantu knots. Before you answer the question in the title, read the report that was done based on her accusation.
Getting a new hairstyle many women take pride in but one woman says she showed up to work and was discriminated against.
“I’m really happy to come to work every day and when somebody laughs at your hairstyle it really brings you down,” said Erin Horn.
It was any other day at the Allegiant ticket counter at McCarran International Airport when she came in with the new hairstyle, called Bantu knots. She says she and friend spent a long time before making sure it looked perfect.
“They said that it was unprofessional, it was club hair, and that my hair is unkempt,” Horn said, even though it’s similar to a style she wore as a child.
Horn’s employer is Worldwide Flight Services, an Allegiant subcontractor. Allegiant says they hope the company would uphold the same non-discrimination standards they do.
Worldwide Flight Services has not responded to 13 Action News’ requests for comment.
My opinion in this case is that Bantu knots were not appropriate in a professional work environment just as it would not be appropriate at a formal event or gala.
I am always the one to go to bat for any child or woman who is ridiculed or discriminated against because of what her hair naturally does but in this case it was a simple choice of style.
I am very sensitive to the thought that organizations should not police natural hair, once there is a target then we can all cry discrimination for sure. However, if you choose to work in an organization that prefers buns and ponytails your best recourse is to wear the bun or leave the organization.
This flight attendant should not have been ridiculed the way she was by her boss and co-workers, their choice of words are definitely unacceptable. Comment below and let us know your opinion!