Written by: LoveJFab
Women are given far more expectations in the workplace than men, let’s be honest here. All men have to do it shave (sometimes) and wear a suit & tie. Women are told to wear makeup, and then how much. We’re told how our pants have to fit, the length of our skirts and now; how we’re allowed to wear our hair. I applaud this woman!
A 20-year-old York University student was excited to get started at her new job, until she was asked to go home because of her hair. Akua Agyemfra told CBC News that she quit her job at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill in Toronto two weeks ago because she felt they discriminated against her natural hair.
During her job interview, she wore her hair in a bun, and her interviewer asked her if she was OK with wearing her hair down. Agyemfra said yes and was hired on the spot. On Facebook, she said that she had extensions during her interview and two training shifts, but then took out her braids before her third training shift. Because of that, her hair didn’t comply with the chain’s “straight hair policy,” so she wore it in a bun.
Assistant manager Sabrina Chiodo then told her, “I’m sorry to have to let you go home.” Apparently, other servers were upset that she was wearing her hair in a bun while they couldn’t. Agyemfra showed her that her hair doesn’t “go down” when she takes her bun out, but she was still forced to go home because her hair was “unacceptable,” according to ABC News.
Chiodo told CBC News that she did send her employee home because of her hair, but insisted that the restaurant policy was that every waitress wear her hair straight down; the corporate chain denies this, saying that they can wear their hair in a “stylish up-do.” The chain is now reviewing its policies and built a confidential channel for workers to weigh in on uniform policies.
“My natural hair is healthy and fine,” Agyemfra told BuzzFeed. “It’s only recently that society has been welcoming natural hair as even Caucasian women have adapted to hairstyles like cornrows and box braids. But we still have a long way to go and my experience proves that.”
“People who are uneducated about black hair are misinformed about how black women wear their hair,” said Agyemfra. “They are unaware of the process we go through to make our hair straight.”
She said black women often spend hundreds of dollars and hours in order to straighten their hair it to fit “European standards.”
I don’t know any RESTAURANT that would prefer straight hair hanging down over people’s food vs being pulled back in a protective bun. *side eye* Would you have quit also? Do you think she should sue the company? Let us know!