Dreads… The Hottest Thing Since Sliced Bread

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untitled3 Dreads... The Hottest Thing Since Sliced Bread

According to the trends in the DMV the poster says it all… However, some people in our area aren’t jumping on the bandwagon of this trend. Check it out…

Reported by ABC 7 NEWS/WJLA:

Two women are outraged after they say they were denied jobs at Six Flags because of their hairstyles

Twenty-three-year-old Janet Bello says when she applied for a part-time job at Six Flags in Largo, she was told her “locks” hairstyle disqualified her from employment.

“I think it’s outrageous and I really think it’s just sad,” Bello said.

She says a supervisor told her management is adhering strictly this year to a years-old corporate grooming policy that considers dreadlocks to be an extreme hairstyle. Bello considers the characterization to be offensive.

According to copy of Six Flags’ grooming standards for employees obtained by ABC 7 News, the company does not permit “any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags’ theme.”

“I think Six Flags can literally, excuse my French, but can go to Hell,” Bello said.

A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union tells ABC 7 News while it has nothing against general corporate grooming policies, the ACLU believes that defining locked hair as inherently unprofessional is racially insensitive at best — and potentially discriminatory at worst.

Sixty-year-old Jackie Sherrill says she worked at Six Flags last summer, and received a letter earlier this year asking her to come back. But she says when a supervisor saw that Sherrill had locks, she was told she would not be welcome back unless she changed her appearance — despite the fact that she had the same hairstyle last year.

“You’re willing to allow me to pay to come into your park, enjoy your services, but I can’t work for you?” Sherrill asked. “There’s something wrong with that thought pattern.”

Six Flags would not answer any of our questions, but did issue a statement:

“Six Flags enforces a conservative grooming policy across all parks. The policy does not permit certain hairstyles such as variations in hair colors, dreadlocks, partially shaved heads, tails, and hairstyles that impair vision. Braided hair is allowed but must be in neat, even rows and without beads or other ornaments.”

The ACLU says it had similar inquiries about Six Flags Largo’s dreadlocks policy in 2006.

The ACLU says it remains interested in the issue, although it has not taken any legal action. Two women are outraged after they say they were denied jobs at Six Flags because of their hairstyles

Twenty-three-year-old Janet Bello says when she applied for a part-time job at Six Flags in Largo, she was told her “locks” hairstyle disqualified her from employment.

“I think it’s outrageous and I really think it’s just sad,” Bello said.

She says a supervisor told her management is adhering strictly this year to a years-old corporate grooming policy that considers dreadlocks to be an extreme hairstyle. Bello considers the characterization to be offensive.

According to copy of Six Flags’ grooming standards for employees obtained by ABC 7 News, the company does not permit “any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags’ theme.”

“I think Six Flags can literally, excuse my French, but can go to Hell,” Bello said.

A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union tells ABC 7 News while it has nothing against general corporate grooming policies, the ACLU believes that defining locked hair as inherently unprofessional is racially insensitive at best — and potentially discriminatory at worst.

Sixty-year-old Jackie Sherrill says she worked at Six Flags last summer, and received a letter earlier this year asking her to come back. But she says when a supervisor saw that Sherrill had locks, she was told she would not be welcome back unless she changed her appearance — despite the fact that she had the same hairstyle last year.

“You’re willing to allow me to pay to come into your park, enjoy your services, but I can’t work for you?” Sherrill asked. “There’s something wrong with that thought pattern.”

Six Flags would not answer any of our questions, but did issue a statement:

“Six Flags enforces a conservative grooming policy across all parks. The policy does not permit certain hairstyles such as variations in hair colors, dreadlocks, partially shaved heads, tails, and hairstyles that impair vision. Braided hair is allowed but must be in neat, even rows and without beads or other ornaments.”

The ACLU says it had similar inquiries about Six Flags Largo’s dreadlocks policy in 2006.

The ACLU says it remains interested in the issue, although it has not taken any legal action.

Dreads an extreme hairstyle??? Are they really??? Dreads distract from the theme of Six Flags??? You don’t say!!! Six Flags… C’MON SON!!!

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