I will begin by saying that I believe all people have some sort and level of bias or prejudice, including the author. My own bias and prejudices are based upon life experience. I do not think they are correct or even appropriate times, but I will at least refrain from denial.
Recently, I have had a few interactions with men and women of "African-American" descent who have natural hair or dreadlock styled hair. They have come to me with workplace problems. Listening to them speak, I viewed them as very bright, progressive, energetic young and generally good people.
However, I soon learned that their choice in style-- that seemingly went against the grain of Corporate America norms--resulted in what I would like to call a fiber-glass ceiling--somewhat of a glass ceiling, but a lot more apparent.
I will begin by saying that I believe all people, including the author, are bias or prejudice to some level or degree. My own bias and prejudices are based upon life experiences. I say this to say that I do not think they are correct nor appropriate, however I will refrain from denial.
Regards,I think its fine to have your hair in dreadlocks and that it should not be and impairment to hiring, promotion, or retention unless it can be shown that the hairstyle makes the person unable to perform the job to standard. But I also believe the company has a right to be prejudice, although that creates a haven for the advancement of other forms of discriminatory conduct that may actually be protected by our laws.
Of course, many do not agree that the style is appropriate. And others would argue that its not a racial issue at all.
What do you think?
What factors regarding hair should be used in determining a "professional and business like appearance"?