British Student Has Job Offer Revoked Because Of Her Hair
Lara Odoffin is a recent graduate of Bournemouth University, and like many young people has been trying to get her career off the ground for the last few months.
However, she was shocked to discover a job application had been revoked because of her hairstyle. Apparently her braided hair was not acceptable under the anonymous company’s uniform policy.
Naturally the graduate was outraged, and posted about the incident on Facebook where it quickly gained traction and support:
"This policy needs to be eradicated completely, there is no room for such rules in this day and age- across any sector. More than anything it just made me upset. I had the right experience, they were happy to have me... it was just about my hair.
"Kind of silly really. I will be speaking to a lawyer about this tomorrow and will be contacting the company. As I have now learnt social media is a very powerful thing and I would not want to misuse it!"
Solange Knowles received criticism for her natural hair from E! News host Giuliana Rancic, and American magazine InTouch last year and tweeted this perfect response:
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 25, 2015
Unfortunately, many black and bi-racial women are on the receiving end of discrimination regarding how the world views the ways in which they style their natural hair. According to Black Girl Long Hair there have been numerous instances of women being discriminated against because of their hairstyle.
We hope Lara gets a great job soon.