A 19 year old girl by the name of Destini Briggs, who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been unable to work because of her hair. Here is what I know; On Nov. 16, 2017, this young girl went into a hair shop to get her hair into a style called faux locs, on Nov. 17, 2017 she showed up to work at Pet World around 8:50, she walks into work and sits her things down and then all of a sudden her manager Sara told her that she can not clock in. Confused about that statement, she calls her mother Starla Henderson, whom is still in the parking lot, and relays the event of what is happening. The mother, Starla, walks into the job calmly asking for the manager to “show her where in the handbook does it say that she cant have dreads in her hair” (Starla Henderson).
Sara, the manager, says that she will talk to destini about her hair but her mother just wanted to know why exactly couldn’t her daughter clock in to work. So after Destini gathers her items, Sara tells Starla to leave the store for some unknown reason. Refusing to leave and standing her ground, Starla asks the manager once again to ” Show her where in the handbook does it say that she cant have dreads in her hair and if she can get the number for corporate”, refusing to give a number to Starla, the assistant manager, Jena, steps down from the office and steps into Starla’s face stating that she needs to leave before they call the cops. Sara, who is still in the office, calls the cops and stays in the office until the police arrives.
Once arriving, three policemen stand by Destini and her mother to get the details of what happened while another goes over to Sara and Jena to get their side of what happened and also asks for a number to corporate. After trying to get the number, Officer Hansen tells the mother that he also is having a hard time getting any information from that manager and assistant manager. Officer Hansen asks to see the employee handbook and in the handbook it states for Female Employees ” Hair is to be a natural hair color and an appropriate style for retail setting”, now looking at destini’s hair, she has black locs that are neatly done and decorative string which can be easily taken out.
That Sunday, Destini received a a phone call from the store manager, Sara, saying that she will be taken off the schedule because of what happened that Friday morning. The mother, Starla, has received information that there is a Caucasian male with dreads working at one of the five privately owned Pet Worlds.
Is this story a race thing or a sex thing? Why can a Caucasian male where dreads but an African American female can’t? Why is it okay to stop a hard working, very dedicated and joyful girl from working? Why is it okay for the Supreme Court to side with the defendant because it’s their company and rules? Do you know that dreads go back almost 5 thousands years in the African American culture and that it’s apart of their heritage?