TikToker’s frustration at her employer threatening to fire her for her hairstyle has let people down with outdated notions of “professional” appearance — and how the rules relate to it. regarding them tends to be disproportionately deployed towards Black women.
“The new year is off to a bad start,” @amourejayln_ captioned a video posted earlier this week.
In it, she shows off her long braids, which go from bright red to black, top to bottom, while standing in a public bathroom. The company identifier on her name tag is “RaceTrac,” which matches the logo of the national gas station chain.
She wrote: “Just had a meeting with my manager about my hair. “She said take it out or I’m fired… I guess I’ll be fired today.”
In the comments section, @amourejayln_ clarified that the manager specifically claims to be alluding to her hair color, even though she said she previously had more light colored braids.
“My guess is it goes against policy,” she wrote.
But viewers weren’t happy with that explanation and supported TikToker’s dismay.
“You work at a gas station,” pointed out @jotarosoppaibby. “How do they tell you professional, it’s not a damn lawyer.”
@jimimeaux suggested she “send a complaint to the EEOC about the discrimination so you can sue them”, while another viewer was shocked that anyone can be fired for something so outrageous. trivial as companies constantly complain about so-called labor shortages.
“Now they allow hair dye!” @clarke_93 emphasis. “They told us that in the lmao orientation. One girl left all her blue hair intact so please tellem leave you alone! ”
Several Black viewers shared their own stories of managers getting them into trouble with their hairstyles when their white colleagues didn’t.
“My old supervisor tried this on me. Nah Becky dyed her hair 3 days ago and Karen came out with a striking pink”, @thatgirl ._. Cyndi recalls. “No thanks, I’m fine.”
“Real work is like this. I had this happen, I said my hair was the same color as blonde,” added @alisha_g87.
Luckily, @amourjayln_ says her manager eventually saw her TikTok — and reacted with fury — and decided she didn’t want to deal with the drama that could come from the layoffs. someone in their hair.
“She doesn’t want no smoke,” TikToker wrote. “I have to keep my braids [in]. ”
Daily Dot has reached out to @amourjayln_ via TikTok comment and RaceTrac via email.
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*First published: January 6, 2022, 1:25 p.m. CST
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