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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.



About Alma

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 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.

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  1. 1

    She needs a lawyer.

  2. 2

    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!!!!

  3. 3

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

  4. 4
    Carrie Ann Sadler-Walker says:

    I have been locd for 3 years and would never cut my hair. Isn’t that discrimination? Girl get a lawyer because you are not your hair, your hair is a part of you.

    • 5

      I couldn’t agree more. I do not have locs but my bf does, what does having locs have to do with your abilities. I’m offended because if I had a job that told me no fro allow I would have to seek a better job or something. This is terrible!

  5. 6

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

  6. 7

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

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  8. 11

    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**!

  9. 12

    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

  10. 13

    Get a lawyer

  11. 14

    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.

  12. 15

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

  13. 16

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

  14. 17

    quit my job and hen sue my job!!

  15. 18

    Can you say LAWYER,seriously

  16. 19

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

  17. 20

    Lizi Zenifa to ser sa?

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  19. 22

    Wow just so wrong

  20. 23

    Lose my job then get a lawyer and sue for discrimination

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