Thursday, September 22, 2016

U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process is Legal

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions, effectively ruling that refusing to hire someone because of their dreadlocks is legal.
The lawsuit was filed by the EEOC on behalf of Chastity Jones, whose job offer was rescinded by Catastrophe Management Solutions, located in Mobile, Alabama. According to the case file, Jeannie Wilson, a human resources manager for CMS, commented on Jones' dreadlocks during a private hiring meeting to discuss scheduling conflicts, telling Jones, "they tend to get messy, although I'm not saying yours are, but you know what I'm talking about." Wilson told Jones that CMS would not bring Jones on board with dreadlocks, terminating the job offer.
In their suit, the EEOC claimed that this was a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964's Title VII, arguing that dreadlocks are a "racial characteristic" that have been historically used to stereotype African-Americans as "not team players" and as unfit for the workplace. Therefore, claiming that dreadlocks do not fit a grooming policy is based on these stereotypes and inherently discriminatory, as dreadlocks are a hairstyle "physiologically and culturally associated" with African-Americans.
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The court of appeals disagreed, ruling that CMS's "race-neutral grooming policy" was not discriminatory as hairstyles, while "culturally associated with race," are not "immutable physical characteristics." In essence, traits in a person's appearance that are tied to their culture but are otherwise changeable are not protected and can be used to deny job offers.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has been routinely interpreted by the courts to only protect against "immutable characteristics" and not cultural practices. In Garcia v. Gloor, the courts ruled against the plaintiff, arguing that being fired for speaking Spanish at work despite their employers English-only policy did not violate Title VII.
Restrictions against dreadlocks have also been implemented in schools. This past July, Attica Scott, whose daughter is a student at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky, tweeted the dress code distributed by the school, which specifically prohibited "dreadlocks, cornrows, and twists."

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen mops that were used to mop the bathroom floor of an interstate gas station, cleaner looking than that negros hair.

Anonymous said...

That dude ought to be a comb salesman.

Anonymous said...

You will be forced to hire that creature by the DOJ. The government is your mortal enemy.

Anonymous said...

It can be a safety issue for certain types of employment.OSHA

Anonymous said...

Fuck um, fuck um all

Anonymous said...

Fuck um, fuck um all !

Anonymous said...

Shitwig!

Anonymous said...

Unflushed toilet!

Anonymous said...

Bull Conner warned us that integration would bring our people down.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a Star Wars alien.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody really give a fuck!

Anonymous said...

Wow. A sane ruling for a change.

Anonymous said...

Come on don't hire a nigger and there will be no trouble !

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine the STANK that goes with that dirty hair ???

Anonymous said...

That's RICH

Anonymous said...

Who knew old nasty, smelly mops could walk?

Anonymous said...

He looks like the God damn missing link. This is the...creature for ugly black women. Why would a white woman even think about sleeping with something that butt ugly?

J.J

Anonymous said...

Thank you! NO!! WTF.

Anonymous said...

wait till your boarded and he comes out of the cock pit and says"" how ya,all,is bes DUANE AND I BES YOU ALL PIloT AND SHIT""then make a dash for the emergency slides,,,please do.

Anonymous said...

He looks like a good representative for America at the UN.

Anonymous said...

I thought Whoopi Goldberg already had a job.

Anonymous said...

Only a spook could come up with a 'doo that is based on
inanimate objects used for working purposes.
Anybody else here see the irony of this?

Anonymous said...

Gives new meaning to the term Shit Head. Looks like fecal matter flowing from their coconut

Anonymous said...

He's got that Medusa look goin' on.

Anonymous said...

As the first black President, Willie Clinton frequently had his interns style his pubic hair into dreadlocks.

Mr. SouthSide said...

Sanity returns?

Anonymous said...

He needs a job around heavy machinery with lots of moving parts.
And no hair net for him either.