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Missouri Woman Told to Cut Off 10-Year-Old Locs or Lose Job

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More unfortunate proof that people still believe locs to be unprofessional. 24-year-old Ashley Davis was told by her bosses at a Missouri loan company that, due to changes in the company policy, she must cut off her 10-year-old locs if she wants to keep her job. The story is bizarre because Ashley was hired just two months ago (with her locs in plain sight) and says her supervisor has commended her job performance. The style has particular significance for Davis, since everyone in her family has locs.

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Alisa
Alisa
7 years ago

Same old,same old…smh. I would love to hear or see an update on this woman’s story after Friday.

anonymous
anonymous
7 years ago

She should sue.

TWA4now
TWA4now
7 years ago

Here we go again!…still the the same sad song/story! #whenwillthisend?!

MsKat
MsKat
7 years ago
Reply to  TWA4now

when “we” look like “them” …so, never

momofIV
momofIV
7 years ago

Interesting, they made the policy AFTER she was hired and NO one else has her hairstyle in her office. Clearly someone(s) in her office does not like her appearance and considers naturally styled black hair unprofessional. I think they figured she would change her style and be quiet. I’m glad she opened her mouth and exposed these deceivers for their discrimination. I hope everyone sees the light shed on this company and others who would think to follow in their footsteps have second thoughts. Natural black hair, in all of it’s glorious styles, is beautiful, not unprofessional. How we wear… Read more »

Cami
Cami
7 years ago

This story is infuriating on so many levels. Besides singling her out for her hairstyle, the company received free publicity/advertising with its name all over the place! I wonder … if she were to offer to wear a wig sporting a white, anglo-saxon hairstyle during office hours and related company affairs, would that appease the powers that be at her job, or would they still demand that she cut her hair???? (eye roll) I hope she sues! I’d suggest she call Al Sharpton, but he might suggest that she ditch her locs and relax her tresses because in the words of Paul… Read more »

Tristan
7 years ago

Thats Missouri For you!!!
I have been told that my hair is “to wild/too fluffy to be worn in a pony tail.”

Chandra
Chandra
7 years ago

Someone’s hairstyle is so completely unrelated to their job performance, this whole thing is getting out of hand. The VP of the company who released the statement subtly implied that dreadlocks are some how not neat and presentable in a professional environment which is out right discrimination. I wish the clip would have showed her standing up for her qualification on that job instead of just saying regarding her hair “I love em’ they’re a part of me and I’m not going to cut them.” I think that’s apparent from them covering this story to begin with. I find it interesting… Read more »

Shaylah
Shaylah
7 years ago

I don’t know the whole story, but 1. I hope she sues.
2. I hope this sends a message to employers that abuse and discrimination will not be tolerated.
I like her hair and it is very beautiful and very healthy.

myblackfriendsays
7 years ago

I wouldn’t want to work in a place that only hired me/wouldn’t fire me to avoid being sued.

Obviously locs can be a very professional hairstyle, and her employers are acting shady–but the whole “suing when people are ignorant” thing does not get to the root of the problem, imo.

elsa
elsa
7 years ago

but every right you have now is because other people fought for it. not every right people have nowadays was received freely. so yes suing is needed and she should be happy that the law changed so she has the possibility to sue. i hope she takes any law on her side she has, to fight for her rights.

Tabatha
Tabatha
7 years ago

That is just dumb if that is the case I better not catch not one person with a French braid. They said no braids, so that goes for any braid of any sort. Everyone better have a bun, a twist, ponytail or down straight. I will bring a law suit if I see anyone with any type of braid. I don’t due business due to people’s hair unless it stinks and there is a gummi bear stuck in it. This is just stupid.

Tasha
7 years ago

This is so weird to me. I always thought locs to look more professional than loose natural hair sometimes.

My boss has locks down to her tailbone and we work for the government. Her hair is always the BOMB.

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7 years ago

Sadly the only way these people will have even the slightest clue, (and I mean slightest because they got some thick heads), is if we create more of our own jobs. Then when we have more hiring power make requirements that you can not wear long straight hair down or in long straight ponytails. After all, all that hair swiveling, always swiping at it and swishing it out of their face is very distracting, and sheds on people and surfaces. Next ban white women with black hair, because of course this is an unnatural color for a majority of them.

MsKat
MsKat
7 years ago

OK, if they said the rule was “no unkempt hair”, that’s a reasonable rule, because it encompasses everyone. But to suddenly pop up with a new rule for this issue? No, that’s not-so-subtle discrimination thinly veiled as a new rule. They need to focus more on their business and not on a nice neat head of dredlocks. Ridiculous.

TMC (toronto meetup nov 16)

the title of this article is a bit misleading. I think they couldn’t find someone with the qualifications and so they hired her out of desperation. I say QUIT that job, im sure other companies will benefit from your skills.
Who tells an adult to go cut their hair or change up a hairstyle?
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Savannah
7 years ago

How is it misleading?

Jinx
Jinx
7 years ago

What does the women’s daughter’s hair have to do with her job? That’s just straight up stupid, it’s not like her daughter is working there. What does her daughter’s hair have to do with the hair on her head as long as she’s working well who cares. Corporate America for the win ‑____-

Jinx
Jinx
7 years ago
Reply to  Jinx

Oh damn I miss read the title thinking they where going to fire her over her daughter’s hair… My bad but still what her hair have to do with the company making money? Like I said be4 corporate America for the win ‑____-

Kirby
Kirby
7 years ago

If I was her I would tell that manager to take that job and stick it up her ass…seriously

Toni Anne Straws
Toni Anne Straws
7 years ago

I’ve worked at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art here in Kansas City, MO since 2006 and have never even been approached about my locs, mine are over 20 years old. I realize how important it is to keep a job so I hope she can work it out otherwise I say quit the job and keep the locs.

Indira Wills
Indira Wills
7 years ago

She should get a sew in for a bit while she continues to work, immediately start her job search, sourcing references and start getting some interviews for positions while researching her options for suing them. She should document the incident and be vigilant for any other discriminatory practices that will strengthen her case against them, and she should definitely seek out others with expertise in cases like this. The last thing I would ever do in her shoes is cut my locs. I couldn’t give them the satisfaction of controlling me, I would rather wear wigs until I know my… Read more »

coffeeandfingernails
7 years ago

I don’t understand why so many of these cases are coming up now. Or is it just the internet makes it easier for us to hear about them? I honestly thought locs had crossed over into the mainstream a decade ago.

Sunshine
Sunshine
7 years ago

Perhaps customers/clients of that company with braids & locs should take their business elsewhere.

SantanaNyla
7 years ago

People assume that they’re braids and that they can be taken out and styled according to corporate standards.

Lovey
Lovey
7 years ago

Call it what it is point blank racism.

Candy
Candy
7 years ago
Reply to  Lovey

Stfu with the racism ish,if she was white with dreadlocks I bet you wouldn’t of said that and if they were racist why would they hire her in the first place?Unless if they fake..

Cheyonne
Cheyonne
7 years ago
Reply to  Candy

They probably hired her in the first place due to equal opportunity laws. It’s racist, they just threw mohaks and mullets in there to avoid being labeled as such. (I haven’t heard of men wearing mullets sense the early 90’s and I doubt that corporate firms have problems with people showing up with mohawks.) I bet if a white person had their hair braided in a french braid it would be a problem. Dreads are prodominately worn by blacks, as are individual braids (which I’m sure is what they meant by that rule.) So regardless, it’s racist.

Cheyonne
Cheyonne
7 years ago
Reply to  Cheyonne

I bet if a white person had their hair braided in a french braid it would *not be a problem.**** Dreads and braids are apart of African American culture, we are not white people. So no you are not making any sense.

nacarianaps
nacarianaps
7 years ago
Reply to  Cheyonne

Exatly. Dreads and braids are black hairstyles regarless if a white person wears them. It all comes down to black hair styles being seen as inappropriate and white hairstyles being seen as standard. Black hair styles are unprofessional on black people and they are unprofessional on white people, that is what you are saying and how insulting you are.

Ms Brown
Ms Brown
7 years ago
Reply to  Lovey

It’s not racism. Everything is not always about race. There are Caucasians and other races who sport locs but had to cut them off or take them loose (YES, it’s possible visit youtube check out the tutorials) for jobs or promotions. Many people do not understand locs. They think it’s JUST a Hairstyle that goes against company dress code. The Military and some religious organization has dress codes and policies that includes no dred locks or braids. You can’t wear your hair a certain way. They can’t do that. You don’t hire someone with locs and then tell them they… Read more »

Jenny
Jenny
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms Brown

Ms Brown—military allows for braids and locks as long as they are neat in appearance. I believe most places of buz have the same standard. by the picture it appears her locks are neat–but we don’t know how she was wearing her hair to work. i i must agree that braids and locks are part of our culture, other races have decided that its beautiful and attempt the styles themselves. We have made much progress thanks to the natural hair community.…all we can do is continue to educate and reject forced alterations

Jesse
Jesse
7 years ago

She should NOT cut her hair. Instead, look for a new job, see if the firm has the audacity to fire, and then sue their a**!!!

Jesse
Jesse
7 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

Wow and the firm just defended their racism with that stupid statement. So what about locs is unprofessional? Her locks are very beautiful. I’m sure they’d say brown skin is not considered a “professional appearance”. Whatever. Sue. THEM!

locedup
7 years ago
Reply to  Jesse

I say wait also. She would probably have grounds to sue as you say. She would not have applied for the job if she knew this was a policy. Cutting ones hair is an emotional thing. It is not just cosmetic, especially for African American women.

mahki sahn
mahki sahn
7 years ago

If they were a company that had good intentions, they would have grandfathered her in and not apply the policy to her or anyone who came in with locs before her. Notwithstanding, they are WRONG for their position regardless. Clearly ignorance with racist backstory.

Epic Realist
7 years ago

Wow… this is ridiculous, sad, and racist. They just made up that so-called policy… probably jealous because their hair doesn’t look as gorgeous as her. Smh… this world will never change.

Elle
Elle
7 years ago

I don’t think it’s racism, some people black and white believe them to be unprofessional, many are ignorant of the fact that they are groomed.

Clarity
Clarity
7 years ago

PAID OUT THE @$$…!

Janette Christie
Janette Christie
7 years ago
Reply to  Clarity

Well, it’s time we educate those who do
not seem to understand our culture!It’s time others understand that there are numerous black women in this world who is STRONG and will fight/beat the odds!Forced to cut your locks or else.…! Slavery seems to still be alive and very well! In this day/age one would think the so-called “educated” would understand that humans were made with choices! Amazing when people think they can through their power around!

Miss T
7 years ago

I been wearing my loc’s for 2 years and 3 months I have been on my job for 27 years and today if they told me that I had to lose my loc’s or lose my job I’d tell em ALL to KISS MY BIG BLACK A++ and then again she can always say it’s her RELIGION!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW 1 CAN MESS WITH THAT 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol

Nikkie
Nikkie
7 years ago

It is racism and anyone who does not see it doesn’t understand the difference between direct and indirect racism. Just because a person as locs does not mean their hair has to be untidy. I organised and attended events at the House of Lords with my locs and they were never a problem. This company are are saying that black women must have hair like white women to get a job with them. This us not a natural state for our hair to be in and most of the time it damages our hair. I would sue, publicise and leave this… Read more »

nacarianaps
nacarianaps
7 years ago

This country gives too much power to employers. Ms. Davis should sue those morons for discrimination and make them pay for the “its my company and I can be discriminatory if i want” type of retarded attitude.

Suzan, UK
Suzan, UK
7 years ago

She should not cut her locs. This is 2013 not 1813.…

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xyzebra
xyzebra
7 years ago

I know this will get thumbs down but if she has a family to support, and she’s determined to work in a conformist, corporate setting as a loan officer, then a compromise might be in order. Maybe she should consider wearing a wig to work and being natural at home and on weekends.

Linda
Linda
7 years ago
Reply to  xyzebra

Actually I think your idea might be considered a some what suitable compromise for the time being, no one wants to fight a lawsuit while unemployed. My main concern is if she conforms to their ideas of aesthetics for something as simple as a hair style whats next also I’m sure they have clients that wear dreds, locs and braids and I’d feel much better doing business with a company that someone that resembled me.

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

Lawsuit. Nuff said.

nacarianaps
nacarianaps
7 years ago

Back in the early 20th century most people owned their own businessess now most people work for others. America let the sociopath take over (which it has been shown that corporate execs are far more likely to be sociopaths) and were probably the kids in school who made fun of and bullied others who were different, and were rascist against others. Which is why now, the business world has a conformist mentality that is followed by the ignorant and dictated by the sociopaths. It’s sick.

Linda
Linda
7 years ago

I hope she contacts the ACLU or EEOC to settle the matter.

Claudine
Claudine
7 years ago

What do people like this expect black women to do with their natural hair then? I’m sure if an afro was worn it wouldn’t be considered acceptable either. Without braids and locks, that’s what a black women’s natural hair is. Braids and locks are a way for black women to control and manage our hair to make it more like straight hair. What’s the problem? Afro hair is high maintinence and not all women with natural hair want to wrestle with that day in and day out.

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

I don’t know if the intent was racist, but the policy appears to be racisystem because it’s taking on a prima facie stance of that type of hair being inappropriate, which only works if you ignore everyone who isn’t white. If you can’t examine why locs aren’t “professional” in your conceptualization of the world, then you guilty of complicit racist acts. I don’t know if she’d be able to win the settlement unless she could prove that they made the policy to target her and that there was no real detriment from her hair which would warrant the policy. The… Read more »

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T-Doe
T-Doe
5 years ago

wtf I swear America needs to get out of the 1940’s baby boomers are retiring and a new generation is entering the workforce.Things that are acceptable now regarding hair and tattoo’s do not fully apply to the work policies that were created during the baby boomer era. Employers and business firms should be informed of these changes or risk losing potential employees and consumers. SMH

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