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After Boss Bans “Cultural Head Wraps” Black Woman Responds by Cosplaying Every Day

Avatar • Jul 25, 2016

June Rivas shared the best photo series on Facebook EVER after she stated that her boss changed her office’s dress code to ban “cultural” headwraps. Previously, she was also told that ponytails and pigtails were not professional, even though their dress code stated, “No dress code. Just be clean and pressed.” This is how Rivas usually dressed for work:


After her boss released a new memo with a more strict dress code  with “no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and cultural head wraps,” Rivas reported her boss to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but decided to comply in the meantime in the best way possible — with cosplay! Check out her looks which, by the way, all comply with her new dress code.

You can check out the rest of Rivas’ looks on her Facebook post. Like she said, never piss off cosplaying scorpios!
 
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Felicity Muffin
Felicity Muffin
4 years ago

Where the hell does she work to get away with such boldNess?? Lolol

Nyadak
Nyadak
4 years ago

ffuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnyyy! I couldn’t believe it. Especially when it said she decided to comply in the best way possible.

Justice S
Justice S
4 years ago

She can wear all that but not headwraps…

Trish Malone
4 years ago

SO much love 😉
and yes, do not piss off a scorpio. they will stick it to you 🙂

Opinionated Cat Lover
Opinionated Cat Lover
4 years ago
Reply to  Trish Malone

Indeed.

Nikki
Nikki
4 years ago

This is GREAT!??

Shinji's Soul Reaver
Shinji's Soul Reaver
4 years ago

She’s awesome and her boss is ass.

Lola Rose
Lola Rose
4 years ago

But she has cleavage and pigtails in these pics

Claire Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola Rose

Are you sure we’re reading the same article? You can only sort of see cleavage in a few because she’s taking the photos from ABOVE her head. At normal eye level there is no cleavage hanging out of the neckline of her shirts. Also, nowhere in the above description are pigtails ruled out. I see “no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and cultural head wraps,” This sentence does not prohibit pigtails.

moon arabesque
moon arabesque
4 years ago
Reply to  Claire Jenkins

Did you read the second sentence in the article?

Claire Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
4 years ago
Reply to  moon arabesque

Yes, did you read the sentence about the new written dress code? Being “told” that pigtails are not professional is not the same as it being written in the official dress code.

moon arabesque
moon arabesque
4 years ago
Reply to  Claire Jenkins

You have serious reading comprehension issues. “Previously, she was also told that ponytails and pigtails were not professional… [H]er boss released a new memo with a more strict dress code with ‘[redadcted]’.” The latter sentence names items banned by the “stricter” dress code. It is clearly not a comprehensive list, but the article writer wouldn’t have been repeating items already mentioned in previous sentences anyway. Also, you seem to be assuming “being told by her boss” means both that she was “told” verbally and, more bizarrely, that she wouldn’t be expected to follow her employer’s directions if they’re verbal. If… Read more »

TheNameGame
TheNameGame
4 years ago
Reply to  moon arabesque

I don’t think it’s fair to assume so much and act like it’s someone else’s reading comprehension problem…rather you two are assuming different things, that’s all. I can honestly see either scenario to be the case. Who the hell adds no ponytails or pigtails to that list in their right mind though (unless this was a lab)? If this woman can come in dressed like Spock, she can have ponytails or pigtails.

Lola Rose
Lola Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Claire Jenkins

Previously, she was also told that ponytails and pigtails were not professional, even though their dress code stated, “No dress code.” I read the whole article hun. Also the boss has made a lot of strict new rules , Id assume any cleavage even slight is cleavage to them.

Claire Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola Rose

Okay, hun. But did you read the sentence about the new written dress code? Being
“told” that pigtails are not professional is not the same as it being
written in the official dress code.

Lola Rose
Lola Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Claire Jenkins

Its basically the same, dear. If it was irrelevant they wouldn’t have added it to the article. When your boss verbally tells you to do something you don’t just walk away. You “may” comprehend words but you obviously don’t comprehend real life situations regarding what a boss says.

MissJulia
MissJulia
4 years ago

Beautiful, well played. Any boss who doesn’t think the first photo is totally appropriate business attire is being very clearly racist.

Soulless
Soulless
4 years ago
Reply to  MissJulia

You are a complete tard. If you think that’s “racist”, you’ve never seen real racism in your life and are clearly grasping at straws. “Wahhhh. Calling out black people for ANYTHING is racismmmm!! There’s NO other explaination! Boohoo!” Get over it.

Tonya Cox
Tonya Cox
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

You are incorrect. By changing the dress code to smack down one person and calling out “cultural” anything is racist and divisive.

MissJulia
MissJulia
4 years ago
Reply to  Tonya Cox

Exactly. “Cultural headwraps” is the key phrase. Just say it outright: “try not to look too black.”

Matchbox34
Matchbox34
4 years ago
Reply to  MissJulia

I have to disagree, as we do not know what the circumstances are. Assuming racism on such little information that we have been given is really bad. We cannot assume this is the case without more information.

All we know is that “cultural” headwraps were banned, and it was stupid, so she started a protest.

Soulful
Soulful
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

You do your name justice

MissJulia
MissJulia
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Really? So what exactly is wrong with her outfit? Explain to me why it’s unprofessional. Would a man be allowed to wear a hat in the office? Why can’t she wear a scarf?

Matchbox34
Matchbox34
4 years ago
Reply to  MissJulia

Considering we still have a silly rule about hats, I doubt a man would be allowed to wear a hat in the office.

Celestine Day
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Racism takes many forms. Some are overt, some are covert. Some are even unintentional and come from the fact that we live in a culture were racism is systemic. Not all racism takes the form of burning crosses, white hooded robes, or easily heard racial slurs.

Soulless
Soulless
4 years ago
Reply to  MissJulia

Take your cries of fake racism elsewhere, babe.

kim_lane
kim_lane
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Well the fact that only the black woman got pulled up for a ponytail, or headscarf, when white women in the office were wearing their hair the same way screams “real racism”.

Matchbox34
Matchbox34
4 years ago
Reply to  kim_lane

Actually, we do not have enough information to infer racism was present in this current situation.

Stupid rules that made no sense, present. Possible/Probable Islamaphobia (I’m 99% sure a Hijab would be considered ‘cultural headwraps’ to not work for the dress code.) But racism? No where in the article did it say that it was about racism. We also do not know if she was the only one to protest it. We only know she was most likely the strongest protestor.

Also, wtf does ‘Cultural’ Headwraps even mean? I don’t.…oh whatever.

rose
rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Matchbox34

In response to your question“wtf does cultural head wraps even mean”, it means the following:
African head wrap
Sikh turban
Muslim hijab
And just for fun let’s say the jewish yarmulke.

Obviously prohibiting dress that is specifically worn by a minority group or religion is indeed racism. In fact this policy is both racist and sexist.

Matchbox34
Matchbox34
4 years ago
Reply to  rose

Okay. 1. Religious dress is based on religion, not your culture. You can be whatever religion; prohibiting that dress would violate the bill of rights, ‘freedom of religion.’ It is illegal and prohibiting it would just open up a can of worms. That takes away pretty much everything after the first one you listed. 2. Racism is persecution based on RACE. I think you know this. Prohibiting dress worn by religion is persecution of beliefs, not racism. Again, you can be any race and manage to believe in pretty much any religion you choose to. 3. How is it sexist?… Read more »

Opinionated Cat Lover
Opinionated Cat Lover
4 years ago
Reply to  MissJulia

Plenty of Trolls infesting this thread.

Marvellous Marv
Marvellous Marv
4 years ago

LMAO, love her outfits!

Mz Kegz
4 years ago

Bruh but they allowed her to do that for so many days LMAO

Carmen Rane Hudson
4 years ago

Well played!

Soulless
Soulless
4 years ago

How is she still “complying”?? She’s not. Rules state no cleavage or pigtails. Pretty sure those are some type of pigtails in the last pic. And even if they aren’t, I can clearly see her tits in three of the pics. Boss could’ve (more like should’ve) sacked her but didn’t.

kim_lane
kim_lane
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Each outfit is checked by her union rep who makes sure they comply with the illegal dress code.

Claire Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Are we reading the same article? You can only sort of see cleavage in a few because she’s taking the photos from ABOVE. At normal eye level there is no cleavage hanging out of the neckline of her shirts. Also, nowhere in the above description are pigtails ruled out. I see “no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and cultural head wraps,” This sentence does not prohibit pigtails.

Tiff Bee
Tiff Bee
4 years ago
Reply to  Claire Jenkins

Claire I am not disagreeing with you, however, I think they are making reference to the first paragraph. It states “Previously, she was also told that ponytails and pigtails were not professional, even though their dress code stated, “No dress code. Just be clean and pressed.” I assume this was addressed verbally and not written out anywhere.

Cleojonz
Cleojonz
4 years ago
Reply to  Tiff Bee

Which means she is complying with the WRITTEN dress code which is awful specific. WHen has lace ever popped on a dress code?

sharoncullars
sharoncullars
4 years ago
Reply to  Tiff Bee

if a certain look or dress is not explicitly stated within the new code (previous verbal recommendations don’t count), then she has not violated that code.

kirinooreimo
kirinooreimo
4 years ago

She needs to be fired asap, extremely unprofessional.

kim_lane
kim_lane
4 years ago
Reply to  kirinooreimo

You’re right. Her boss does need to be fired immediately.
Harassing staff and creating illegal dress codes in order to continue harassing that member of staff is extremely unprofessional.

Anonin
Anonin
4 years ago
Reply to  kirinooreimo

This coming from a user with the corniest anime icon, go back to TMZ. If it was against dress code she wouldn’t have been let in those days.

Kyoko Sakata
Kyoko Sakata
4 years ago
Reply to  kirinooreimo

I fire you, Pikachu!

Soulless
Soulless
4 years ago

But she’s clearly not complying with the rules. Get rid of her.

kim_lane
kim_lane
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

But she is. Each outfit she wears is run past a union rep. They all meet the illegally imposed dress code.

smartytrousers
smartytrousers
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and cultural head wraps” <– Which one of these is she not abiding by?

Ron Lynquist
Ron Lynquist
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

Screw the rules!

Squeaky Dolphin
Squeaky Dolphin
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

What if “the rules” said men had to wear chastity belts to prevent them from whacking off during the hours they’re on duty? Since that would be as irrelevant to the job as “cultural head wraps”, would you support firing any male who didn’t “comply with the rules?”

Squeaky Dolphin
Squeaky Dolphin
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

What if “the rules” said men had to wear chastity belts to prevent them from wacking off during the hours they’re on duty? Since that would be as irrelevant to the job as “cultural head wraps”, would you support firing any male who didn’t “comply with the rules?”

Squeaky Dolphin
Squeaky Dolphin
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

What if “the rules” said men had to wear chastity belts to prevent them from jerkin off during the hours they’re on duty? Since that would be as irrelevant to the job as “cultural head wraps”, would you support firing any male who didn’t “comply with the rules?”

Squeaky Dolphin
Squeaky Dolphin
4 years ago
Reply to  Soulless

What if “the rules” said men had to wear chastity belts to prevent them from wa*king off during the hours they’re on duty? Since that would be as irrelevant to the job as “cultural head wraps”, would you support firing any male who didn’t “comply with the rules?”

Lolalao
Lolalao
4 years ago

I LOVE her humor!!!

kim_lane
kim_lane
4 years ago

The outfits comply with the dress code and are scrutinised by a union rep.

Tonya Cox
Tonya Cox
4 years ago

I see people that have been hating on this posting. Do they understand natural hair for black people? What on earth is wrong with head wraps? If you don’t think that this boss is racist you don’t understand the struggle that many black women, and men, face with their hair. Changing the rules to smack down one person is not professional. Specifically saying “Cultural” head wraps is racist. As for your idea that she was showing cleavage, HA! Just because you can see the upper part of her chest doesn’t mean she is showing cleavage. Wearing a turtleneck to work… Read more »

Katara c.
Katara c.
4 years ago
Reply to  Tonya Cox

Yeah, if they had banned, say, all hats and head scarves except those used for religious purposes, I don’t think she’d be able to say anything, really. But adding “cultural” makes it stand out as discriminatory.

Fred
4 years ago

She’s obviously working for assholes. She should quit immediately and sue the shit out of everybody concerned.

Malby
Malby
4 years ago
Reply to  Fred

Was trying to see some identifying feature of the company, but no. And yes, she’s working on it.

Monique A. Williams
4 years ago

That was a much needed laugh! Wooooo!

Jordan Mznice
4 years ago

I almost pee’d myself when I got to the second picture..

Opinionated Cat Lover
Opinionated Cat Lover
4 years ago

COMPLY! OBEY!

ss (short & sweet)
ss (short & sweet)
4 years ago

LOLOL! Loved this — thank you for sharing! It’s sad that one has to go this far to make a point, but showing up on Monday without a scarf would go unnoticed, whereas showing up Monday as Doc McStuffins would certainly generate dialogue. Hope this leads to a round table discussion on cultural sensitivity regarding dress code.

Khalilah KJ Curls
Khalilah KJ Curls
4 years ago

And people still telling us it’s just hair hmmmmmmmm. Loving her clapback!

http://www.khalilahkjcurls.com

Malby
Malby
4 years ago

What is a “strap”? In the olden days, it would have accurately described her boss, but as a piece of clothing–I can’t even imagine.

Kate
Kate
4 years ago
Reply to  Malby

I think they mean bra straps. So basically it’s all about a new “womens” dress code!

msmimi13
msmimi13
4 years ago

This confuses me.. I know what cosplaying is but why is she doing it? Defiance of some sort? I don’t agree with a ban on head wraps, especially cultural ones but I don’t understand why she went this far.

Lisa
Lisa
4 years ago
Reply to  msmimi13

Pretty much the point she is making is she can look like ANYTHING else as long as she (or anyone else) doesn’t come in looking ethnic. So she can come in looking like Spock from Star Trek, but not a black woman. The manager can’t complain because all the costumes comply with their rules.

Margaret Robinson
Margaret Robinson
4 years ago

I don’t think employers should have this much control over people’s lives. They only buy our time, not our souls.

alarmclocktothestars
alarmclocktothestars
4 years ago

Get fucked. Hugs and kisses, douchebag.

Claire Jenkins
Claire Jenkins
4 years ago

She WAS being professional in her original attire. That is the WHOLE POINT. She is making this point by technically complying while going overboard. Sometimes you have to go overboard to make a point and to get stupid rules changed or updated or even noticed.

rose
rose
4 years ago

Love it!

Matthew Crockett
4 years ago

In one sense, she could claim a belief exception even for this. There is such a thing as a geek culture in America and other parts of the world. Only the Star Wars fans have crossed over into a being a religion option (Jedi) thus far.

April Holiday
April Holiday
4 years ago

I love this. She is obviously smart, talented and creative. We need more people like her Creating and Running their own companies with a more progressive company culture.

Katara c.
Katara c.
4 years ago

Hahaha, I love this.

I also may be a little jealous of how much cosplaying stuff she owns >.>

Born to slay
Born to slay
4 years ago

That boss clearly isn’t very bright. Specifically banning “cultural” headwraps? That’s just asking for a discrimination lawsuit right there. He wasn’t even trying to be subtle with the racist intent. Smarter people would’ve just banned headwraps without specifying which kind. Secondly, I really feel like a law should be passed on just how far dress codes can be taken in the workplace and schools. Too often bosses abuse their right to stipulate how employees/students present themselves by instituting some really ridiculous and pointless restrictions about what they’re permitted to wear simply because it’s the only way they can legally pass… Read more »

Mamacita
Mamacita
4 years ago

Avatar Born to slay a few seconds ago That boss clearly isn’t very bright. Specifically banning “cultural” headwraps? That’s just asking for a discrimination lawsuit right there. He wasn’t even trying to be subtle with the racist intent. Smarter people would’ve just banned headwraps without specifying which kind. Secondly, I really feel like a law should be passed on just how far dress codes can be taken in the workplace and schools. Too often bosses abuse their right to stipulate how employees/students present themselves by instituting some really ridiculous and pointless restrictions about what they’re permitted to wear simply because it’s… Read more »

Lele215
4 years ago

All the stupid boss had to say was no head coverings unless they are worn for religious reasons. But no…she wanted to be that chick. She had to risk a lawsuit and a sanction and fine from the EEOC.

xam5000hehe
xam5000hehe
4 years ago

skwee

Angelique Nolan
Angelique Nolan
4 years ago

The problem with a boss not wanting to tolerate it is that it doesn’t violate the stated rules.

Cyn
Cyn
4 years ago

What she’s doing will accomplish nothing. Nothing. Cut the crap and be professional.

Patricia Heath
Patricia Heath
4 years ago

good for you honey! these fools don’t know they are going right down in history with bull connor with all the racial stuff they are pulling. sock it to ’em!

Murphy Law
Murphy Law
4 years ago

I think this is fake. it seems unlikely that a boss that strict would tolerate it and I think 2 of the outfits have cleavage which on the banned list.

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