EEOC Loses Racial Discrimination Suit Over Dreadlocks Ban
By Allissa Wickham (March 27, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT) -- An Alabama federal judge on Thursday dismissed a race discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a catastrophic insurance claims company that refused to hire a woman with dreadlocks, finding that the company's hairstyle policy did not violate federal anti-discrimination law.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Butler Jr. ruled that since Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts only prohibits discrimination based on unchangeable characteristics, such as race and sex, Catastrophe Management Solutions Inc. did not violate the law by declining to hire a woman with dreadlocks.
"A hairstyle, even one more closely associated with a particular...
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