Ashley Davis says her employer said she needed to get rid of her dreadlocks or she’d be fired. Farryn Johnson got in trouble at work when she added blonde highlights — the company said that violated policy because blonde highlights aren’t natural for a black woman. And Christopher Abbey was fired for refusing to cut his hair. But here, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued on his behalf, and Abbey won a settlement of $27,000. Why did he have a case when the others didn’t?
Religion. Abbey is a Nazirite whose religion prohibits him from cutting his hair. So, he doesn’t. And his employer lost the lawsuit because this was a case of religious discrimination. Companies are required to make accommodations for people’s religious beliefs as long as they are “reasonable.”
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