Dreads… The Hottest Thing Since Sliced Bread

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!!!

Comments

One Comment

  1. April Jones says:

    I crack up when news broadcasters posit these “issues” as stories. Can anyone name ONE DC-area TV reporter with dreds? No. So, clearly the newsrOoms don’t want this look representing their station. Why can’t a company also have a standard look? Most amusement parks ban dreds: Disney, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld (remember the place where a ponytail got a woman killed??), Hershey. Why is Six Flags being called out? Six Flags has standards. They haven’t CHANGED their standards. And if they don’t want a look and as long as that is communicated and the person has the choice to change, then there’s nothing wrong with that. Even the ACLU agrreed.

    How do we KNOW that these women didn’t fail other parts of their applications? Six Flags drug tests. Six Flags checks backgrounmds. Six Flags evaluates how people may behave with customers and I’m thinking that if some woman is going to tell a TV reporter that the park can “go to Hell” on the air she’d likely say worse to a customer. Would YOU want that person as a representative of your company?

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is crazy that I should come across this article.Recently I applied to Six Flags, Inc. and I was called back for an interview and I was told I was hired. I met with my (very unprofessional)supervisor at the HR building and was told to fill out some paperwork, pay $40 for a uniform, and attend 2 traing classes and I start working. During that time she informed me that I would have to shave my facial hair from my sideburns to my beard and I did just that. I arrived on time prepared to attend the class when I was told that I did not shave close enough and would not be able to attend the class.I immediately contacted my supervisor and informed her and she asked that I go home and give myself a closer shave which I did. With my very clean
    shaved face I arrive to attend the class when I was turn down from the class. I contacted my supervisor again when she sent me a text message stating “go home”.I then sent her a message back and asked her when can the class be rescheduled for because I am really looking foward to starting and she responded by text message again stating, “you blew it”. This is definitely discriminatory behavior being displayed and I wish there was something that could be done about it. The saddest part about it was that I was very exciting about working at Six Flags a place where I had so many great childhood memories, but now this will stick out way more than my childhood memories.

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