Black Women Whose Hair Cost Them Their Jobs

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Tyler House

Earlier this year, 16-year-old Tyler House, who’s had locs for five years, pplied for a job at Marcus Cinema in Country Club Hills and was called in for an interview. A week later House received an email that she’d gotten the job. But when House went to orientation for her new gig she was told by the theater’s manager that her hairstyle was not acceptable.

“He called my name and brought me into the hallway and said, ‘Dreads are not allowed,’” House told WGN. “I was like, ‘Sir, I was going to put it to the back in a ponytail with the uniform hat.’ He said, ‘Male or female, any form of dreads are not allowed.’

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