Black Women Whose Hair Cost Them Their Jobs

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(Photo: The Huffington Post)

(Photo: The Huffington Post)

Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis had already been working as a secretary for two months for Tower Loan in St. Peters, MO, in 2013 when a policy declaring dreadlocks, braids, mohawks and mullets was issued. Suddenly Davis was now in violation of the new policy and many wondered if it was created because of the 24 year old who was the only person in the office with that hairstyle. Davis refused to cut her locs and when asked to speak on the matter Tower Loan responded: “Tower Loan does not comment on individual personnel matters. However, Tower has an appearance policy that is clearly defined in its training manual. Tower believes a professional appearance is necessary for the success of the company.”

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