For years, Black people have been forced to place extra thought into their appearance, especially in the workplace. Extra thought and extra effort all to avoid being looked down upon as unkept or unprofessional. Finally, there is a wave of legislation being introduced and passed to rectify this problem. While strides are being made, there is still much work to be done. The amount of work left to be done is illustrated by a slew of unfavorable federal cases brought in the face of discrimination against Black hair and hairstyles. This paper explores one of those cases as well as the significance of protective and natural Black hairstyles to the Black community, and why it is imperative for this significance to not only be respected but also protected.
Protective Styles, a Protected Class: Revisiting EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions,
12 U. MIA Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev.
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