A Texas teen says he was turned away from a summer time job at Six Flags due to his coiffure.
For the final three years, Kerion Washington, 17, has been rising out his dreadlocks, which at the moment are shoulder size. Washington by no means thought his hair would maintain him from getting a part-time job, however when he went to interview for a Six Flags job on Saturday, he was informed his locs had been thought of an “excessive coiffure.” An HR consultant informed the teenager he might proceed with the interview course of as soon as his hair was reduce, reported KXAS-TV.
“I simply do not even imagine it,” Washington informed KXAS. “That I must do this simply to work there. They informed me that I could not have dreads, as a result of it is extra of an excessive coiffure.”
Washington’s mom, Karis Washington, mentioned she known as the human sources division to get extra info. Karis described her dialog with HR in a Fb submit.
“I informed her I learn the grooming coverage and it says your hair can’t cling greater than [two] inches beneath your collar and [two] inches above your head together with dreads, braids, and many others. Nowhere did I learn dreads aren’t allowed,” Karis wrote on Fb. “Then she mentioned she will be able to see how I obtained confused however dreads aren’t allowed.”
For Kerion, a summer time job at an amusement park was not definitely worth the worth of his hair, and his mom agreed.
“Why reduce his hair for a seasonal job and for $7 to $9 an hour?” Karis mentioned to the native information station. “If it was a profession, totally different story.”
In an announcement to KXAS-TV, the theme park mentioned its grooming coverage didn’t embody “excessive hairstyles equivalent to drastic variations in hair colour, locks or partially shaven heads.”
“Six Flags is likely one of the largest seasonal employers within the nation, hiring greater than 30,000 crew members throughout 26 parks yearly. We preserve a company-wide grooming code that features normal uniforms for front-line crew members and no excessive hairstyles equivalent to drastic variations in hair colour, locks or partially shaven heads,” the assertion learn. “We do allow braids and we additionally acknowledge that some crew members could request lodging to our grooming code on account of spiritual, cultural or medical causes. We work with these crew members on a case-by-case foundation to deal with his or her particular person wants.”
Karis mentioned some good has come from this troublesome time. After posting in regards to the incident to Fb, the mom obtained a number of job gives for Kerion. Karis is definite her son can have a seasonal job in spite of everything.