NEW JERSEY - A young African-American woman who shared her disgust at having a job offer retracted after she refused to get rid of her braided hairstyle is going viral.
Lara Odoffin 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,” before explaining how braids can help maintain an African-American woman’s hair.
So after being accepted for a position within this company, they have TAKEN BACK the offer of a position on the grounds that if I do not take my braids out. Naturally I simply cannot work for the company. 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. Being a black woman means that to have a long term hairstyle that stays neat is always going to be a problem. Having braids that last for 2-4 months and can be packed neatly and styled to however a workplace requires is the solution to this problem. 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. Please share. It is not okay.Posted by Lara Odoffin on Monday, 23 November 2015
On November 24, Odoffin thanked those who had reached out to her with support and confirmed that she wouldn’t name the company involved as she was not interested in destroying someone’s livelihood but was glad to have “chanced upon an opportunity to correct blatant ignorance and discrimination.”
Odoffin’s original post has been shared over 2,000 times.