In November last year, Bournemouth University graduate Lara Odoffin wrote that an employer had withdrawn a job offer because she wore her hair in braids.
In her Facebook post on the subject Lara wrote: “This type of discrimination should not still be happening in this day and age and any establishment still condoning such practices deserve to be shamed and criticised.”
“No workplace has any right to forbid you from this. This is discrimination and I am disgusted that I had to be subject to such behaviour in this 21st century.”
Lara’s case echoed that of Simone Powderly, another young black woman who made headlines in 2015 after a recruiter asked her to remove her braids or else miss out on a potential opportunity with a modelling agency. Simone told The Voice: “I couldn’t decide what to do; if I took them out then I wasn’t standing up for equal rights and basically saying it’s OK to discriminate against me.”
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