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Member # 37353
posted 05-04-2009 05:08 PM
So I had an interview today that went very well, but at the end I got the:
"Oh, I have one thing to ask... Your hair colour- can you change it?" Yikes. See, my hair isn't actually that wild at all. It's dark brown naturally, with big chunks of a dark red that fades to a bright wine colour. I love it. It makes me feel like me. *Sigh* So I either take this job and have to change something that really makes me feel great (and possibly ruin my hair by doing so. What happens when you use permanent brown dye over already damaged bleached streaks? your hair falls out), or I keep going with a job that I've already gotten with the good chance that I'll be laid off in june. UGH. It's just so frustrating. I really don't see how a couple of chunks of pink hair is going to impede my job performance!! And the store itself is a funky place too, so it's not like it's an office job or anything. UGHHHHHHH.
Member # 42715
posted 05-13-2009 08:20 PM
oh no! what an awful situation to be in! are employers actually allowed to discriminate on the basis of your hair colour? i had a wild (for me:P) streak of pink in my hair for a few months and i had a few guys tell me that they wouldn't ever consider taking me home to their parents because of it and i was horrified, i really liked it. Have you heard back from the interview yet? if you are the most capable i don't see why they'd ask you to change something like your hair! reality really sucks sometimes. this also reminds me of my flight back to university a few months ago when i heard two women conversing behind me about how outraged they were that it was no longer acceptable to discriminate because of tattoos... hair colour or tattoos have no affect whatsoever on job performance!!!!
Member # 43709
posted 08-15-2009 12:06 AM
That's definitely illegal.
Member # 3
posted 08-15-2009 08:37 AM
It's actually NOT likely illegal.
Plenty of jobs -- while it's not something I agree with -- have requirements when it comes to dress and appearance. And employers asking for what they generally view as more conservative haircoloring is not that uncommon. Their general rationale is that things like funky color, piercings and ink (and I feel your pain, for the record, I've dealt with this myself) can be an issue when working with certain clients or populations, or impact how their business is viewed. You can certainly always ask an employer to share their rationale for asking with you, and also ask if that's negotiable. Again, not something I agree with, but for the record, your hair won't fall out if you color over the bleached spots, just like it didn't when you added the bright color over the bleached streaks. One other possibility? Getting a hairpiece to wear for work. I know some people who have done that, too.
Member # 35071
posted 01-04-2010 01:30 PM
Also, you should go to the salon to get your hair changed - don't do it yourself if you're worried about ruining your hair. Cheap hair dyes have metals in them which ruin your hair over time anyway. Spend the extra cash and then deduct it on your taxes, because it's part of "your uniform."