Wait… she got fired over her NATURAL hair or HAIR at all in the first place? what the hell is even going on?
He natural hair plus it being short
Man I’m not even going to lie when I applied for my current job I did my interviews with my hair pressed out and as soon as I was hired I started rockin my fro
^^ I got fired for this. The manager claimed that I was violating dress code daily, so I switched from tennis shoes to office shoes(9-10 hour shifts at Macy’s in flipping heels), and they still complained. So I switched from my polo shirts to blouses, they still complained. Then my mom said something that stuck to me: “when you were interviewed, your hair was straight”. So I straightened my hair and then NOTHING. I wore tennis shoes and a polo shirt, and they said /nothing/ about me violating dress code. So I essentially said fuck that and never straightened it again, so they fired me for dress code violation.
well she actually kinda got fired for arguing with people on the station’s facebook page.
Then why didn’t that white lady get fired that took a whole mini segment of the news to address the people on the fb page that had something to say about her being fat….
Because they work for different shows with different policies?
And the other woman had permission to do a segment on the actual news program. Instead of arguing with people in the comments section on the station’s facebook - after being told repeatedly to leave it alone,
I don’t recall reading that she was told to not respond to people on the facebook but if that is true, that was definitely not the sole reason for her termination.
They kept telling her to change her hair.
So, you didn’t even read the article, then. I mean, it says it right in that article that screencap comes from. Hell, even super-liberal HuffPo ran a copy of the blanket office email sent out after this became an issue - when she was warned - and before she was fired. Neither makes any mention at all that she was asked to change her hair. Because she wasn’t. Because that’s racist. Unlike the actual situation as it unfolded in real life.
The whole “natural hair” thing is completely irrelevant. The only people who mentioned it were that asinine viewer/commenter and she herself. Its only purpose is to sensationalize what was a firing due to not following office policy. You don’t keep a job if you can’t follow the policies and get in altercations with customers you were told to steer clear of.
When you’re in an industry open to the public - especially entertainment/service, you will always have punks. And there are ways to deal with them that don’t involve losing your job.
No dear. I read an article back when it was new which was a while ago and I don’t think it was even Huffington Post that I learned about the story.
And the article I read was her telling her story prior to being fired and her trials after being fired.
And from past experiences other women and girls have had regarding schooling or employment and their hair (such as some of my followers have informed me they experienced), its definitely possible for someone to be terminated because of their natural hair and the business denying that being the case.
I’m aware of policies and responsibilities of those in media. Thanks for refreshing my memory though.
This is a post celebrating her finally getting a job though so let’s get back to that
Let me clear this up! I’ve personally interviewed this woman, Rhonda A. Lee, for MadameNoire. And what happened was that a viewer didn’t like Rhonda Lee’s TWA (teeny weeny afro) and asked why she didn’t have long hair. Lee simply replied to the viewer, in the friendliest way possible, and basically explained to him how African-American hair grows and that she is proud of her natural hair and she will not change it.
The company fired her after this though — apparently there’s a policy against replying to people on Facebook. Funnily enough, when she asked them to show her this so-called “policy,” they could not come up with this supposed “rule” in the employee handbook. Rhonda has told me that this was not the first time she’s gotten flack for her natural hair. She was bullied daily by her co-workers for her natural hair at a Texas-based weather station prior to Shreveport.
But don’t worry! She got a brand new job and she’s working at a bigger, better-paying job at WeatherNation.
Read my interview with Rhonda A Lee on MadameNoire.