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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Black Woman Fired From Hooters After Refusing to Remove Blonde Highlights


Farryn Johnson, a Black Hooters waitress in Baltimore, was fired from her job because she added blonde highlights in her hair.

“They specifically said, ‘Black women don’t have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,’” Johnson told CBS.

Johnson, 25, said she was fired from her job as a waitress because of  ‘”improper image” after the she refused to remove blonde highlights from her dark brown hair.
“I didn’t see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks so I didn’t think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my hair.”

Johnson has reportedly filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

“The law is clear that employers can’t have two separate unequal sets of rules—one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody else, and yet that’s exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss Johnson, an African-American employee solely because she’s African-American. They targeted her because of her hair solely because of her race,” Johnson’s attorney, Jessica Weber, told CBS.

Of course, Hooters has declined to comment.

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