Black Women Whose Hair Cost Them Their Jobs

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Farryn Johnson

Hooters may have thought they could boot a Black waitress for wearing blond hair, but a court felt otherwise. Farryn Johnson, who is African-American, was awarded more than $250,000 when an arbitrator found that racial discrimination contributed to her getting fired. Here’s the story: Johnson was working at a Baltimore Hooters and was wearing blond highlights when a manager told her, unlike the other (non-Black) waitresses with dyed blind hair, her blond streaks were unacceptable because they didn’t look natural. According to the manager, Johnson “can’t have blond because black people don’t have blond hair,'” the former waitress told NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

Johnson was fired, she sued and won. Hoosters still disputes the facts and even how much Johnson was was awarded, reported NBC News.

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