Cut Off Your Dreadlocks Or Lose Your Job – Woman In Missouri Told

Cut Off Your Dreadlocks Or Lose Your Job - Woman In Missouri Told

No sooner are we done congratulating ourselves on the good work we have done in effecting change around how natural hair is viewed by the corporate world than a story like this takes the limelight again. It would be funny if it wasn’t so appalling.

Ashley Davis a 24 year old working for Tower Loan in Missouri was told to cut of her dreadlocks or lose her job after the company changed it’s policy two months into her employment. The company says that dreadlocks and braids amongst other hairstyles are now against company guidelines.

Ashley says that her whole family wears dreadlocks and they are of great significance to her and her culture and she feels that she has been singled out because nobody else in the company has the same hairstyle that she does.

In spite of all this, she seems pretty cheerful and is hopeful that the company will take another look at it’s policy particularly as she has no intention of changing her hair. She has until Friday to decide what to do.

See the full story in the video below and share your thoughts.




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Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.


  • http://www.facebook.com/ Delisa Richardson

    She needs a lawyer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Anetta Callender

    That’s discrimination. I had a boss that used to have a problem whenever my hair wasn’t straightened. If I came in an Afro, a braided up do, or anything of that nature; it was grounds for a “little chat”. I wore my hair how I wanted. No one has the right to tell you how to wear YOUR OWN HAIR. How is her hair affecting her work?? GET A LAWYER!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Arminta Spaulding

    Discrimination at it’s finest!! Lets not talk about how she performs on the job! Lets ridicule her about her hair….SMH!!! Lawyer ASAP!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Natanya Jones

    Yes get lawyer so if you get fired you’ll just own the company you work for straight like that!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Carrie Ann Sadler-Walker

    I have locs and would never cut my hair. Get a lawyer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Renata Mckinney

    CUT THE DREADLOCKS…….YOU NEED FOOD AND SHELTER AND ETC………AND A JOB……

    • http://www.facebook.com/ Rachel Chido

      Rational. But she will be a push over allowing ppl to abuse her all her life if she doesn’t gun up n stand for herself.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ Krystal Jimerson

      ^^^ Not even worth it! God gave you one job he can give you another. Dont cut nothin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Alicia Renee Wilson

    The Most High TOLD US NOT to cut OUR Locks! NOT “dreds” whitey thought OUR hair was “dreadful” thus getting the name. “Dreadlocks”..They were only called locks n the Bible..EX: Sampson had 7 locks..not dreads..BUT I’d #LawyerUP and sue they a**!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Anthony Walker

    Get you a lawyer no one can turn you in to something your not im locked up and going to stay that way this is my body my head my heritage

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Bridgette A Gourrier

    Get a lawyer

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Teri Reese Delk

    My daughter quit her summer job for this reason. She got hired with sister locs and the district manger came to visit and told the store manager she can’t work there with locs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lasha’ Merriweather

    I think this is crazy! They’re telling her that she can

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lasha’ Merriweather

    They’re telling her that she can’t embrass her heritage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Yvonne GoinhollywoodMeechie Perkins

    quit my job and hen sue my job!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Elizabeth Jones

    Can you say LAWYER,seriously

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Yvette Martin

    Like a relative of mine said, she should sue, and use the money, to start her own business!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Joelle Perrine

    Lizi Zenifa to ser sa?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Alicia Murphy

    SUE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Chris Hutchinson

    Wow just so wrong

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Nadia Benjamin

    Lose my job then get a lawyer and sue for discrimination

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Cheryl Davis

    No doubt if this was a person with some mocks it would be acceptable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Rachel Chido

    DAT kind of bs don’t happen where I’m from. Racist n uneducated (nit the degree kind) minds breed Dis sorta hateful treatment

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Marcella Ajakaiye

    racial discrimination at it’s finest!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sherry Likafinewine Canada

    WTH….it never ends, they work overtime looking for a reason. Let’s see what merit says about her work performance, attendance, etc. Now let’s get Al Sharpton’s big mouth involved. Now make me believe that racism isn’t alive and well in the good ol’ us of A….good luck with that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ PremaDona TomBoi

    She needs to sue them for discrimination

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Martian Mathers

    Lose job. ‘The man’ cant tell you how your hair should be.
    if they hired you that way they can fire you that way
    it weren’t a problem to hire you in the first place so what’s the problem now!?
    Stupzzzzz racist bumdasses

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Vicki Steverson

    Depending on the type of job she has, she can be fired for no reason. Dept stores or job of sort can fire without cause, which is why many report to work sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Shuletha Muhammed Rayborn

    I use to work with her and she love Her dreads my thing is it wasn’t an issue when you hired her like that what’s the issue now so lawyer time!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Artra Veal

    Quit the job. I don’t want to work in the corporate world anymore anyway. I’m a creative soul. I like flexibility. Companies want you to be flexible, why can’t they be flexible? Ain’t no way in [BLEEP] I would have cut my locks if I had locks. Why couldn’t they just let her wear her hair up or in a ponytail? That’s so stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Rhonda Henry

    HELL NO! Don’t cut your hair. I’m in the air force and I know they hate my natural, but as long as it’s not violating policy they can go to hell

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Krystal Jimerson

    A womans hair is her glory! Dont cut it. Cultural based hair styles for blacks are frowned upon.. but I love my natural roots and embrace it. Its not ghetto or unprofessional its apart of your roots. Dont listen to those fools. God bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sharon Darline Kerr-Muzzall

    Hell just about everyone has their hair in dreadlocks in Mo. Sue their buts but if your job performance isn’t up to par they’ll just say your work performance was below standard. White folks are a trip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Midéga Leö Midega

    My boss never liked my locks too so i had to braid them in order to keep them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Erica Robinson

    I’d keep the dreads and get a lawyer. And after the case is won….I’d still show up to work, dreads and all

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Rayronda Rush

    I think she should not cut her dreads that is apart of her culture the white man always trying to make everything go their way everyone don’t need to look like them god gave beauty in all skin color

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Denise ChynnaWhite Brewer

    THATS MY COUSIN!!! Ashley EnvyMe I highly doubt she’d EVER cut her locks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Will Prodigy

    Ashley EnvyMe Ayo F that! Keep your beautiful hair Lil Cuz. And fight back. This is definitely racial discrimination and if you ask me defamation Smh. Behind you %100. I see no reason for a corporation to require an employee to cut her hair. I could see them maybe asking a man to cut his hair but a young woman?! Certainly not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Tenisha White

    If she cuts them, they still may find a reason to fired her because their already trying to point out something wrong about her that not really a big problem!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Tiffany Howard

    Smh

  • https://www.facebook.com/ShonahsCurlyLocs Shonah’s Curly Locz

    Lose my job!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jackie.robinson.9400 Jackie Robinson

    Its sad that she would have to choose like that, they need to quit! If they can go around with Mohawk nothing will be said

  • https://www.facebook.com/leonie.spencedawes Leonie Spence Dawes

    Keep you Dreadlocks Girl!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ninoska.ramos Ninoska L Ramos

    That’s a lawsuit. … thats discrimination…I see folks with pierce, tatoos, all kinds of eye contact color even with pajamas at work…this make no sense so ever….

  • https://www.facebook.com/Goddess.Bia Kimberley Sibanda

    This is just a reflection on how far we have to go in society accepting our hair for what it is. Black hair is all too quickly deemed unprofessional because it doesn’t fall into white supremacist standards of what hair should look like…. This is just awful

  • https://www.facebook.com/sandra.brooks.16718 Sandra Brooks

    They as well her to loose her skin tone too. These people need to come out of the dark ages, it’s 2014

  • https://www.facebook.com/nyapankhosib.salima Nyapankhosi B Salima

    It should not happen in the world today, it is utter discrimination on grounds of race full stop.

  • https://www.facebook.com/destiny.brown.75470316 Destiny Brown

    Jeez, so the only option offered was to cut it off and nothing else? That’s not even a little bit fair.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ygcouture Yani Gallagher

    I would have noooo desire to work there after that anyways

  • https://www.facebook.com/lauraine.braithwaite Lauraine Braithwaite

    Lawsuit!!!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/shalonda.leehood Shalonda Lee Hood

    I’d challenge them and keep my hair. I hate ultimatums!

  • https://www.facebook.com/SandraHarrisHolloway Sandra Harris-Holloway

    I’d challenge them while I looked for work elsewhere.


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