11th Circ. Won't Review 'Mutability' In Dreadlocks Bias Case

By Braden Campbell (December 5, 2017, 9:47 PM EST) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday declined to reconsider as a full court a ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect wearing dreadlocks because they are not an "immutable" characteristic of blackness, despite a lengthy dissent arguing a panel misread the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Price Waterhouse decision.

Joined by Judges Robin Rosenbaum and Jill Pryor, Judge Beverly Martin argued the 42-year-old decision their colleagues cited for the requirement that a trait be immutable to be protected was superseded by 1989's Price Waterhouse, which holds that discriminating against workers who behave in a way contrary to gender...

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