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An African American worker at a Hooters in Baltimore said she was fired from her job because she put blonde highlights in her hair.

Farryn Johnson told Baltimore’s CBS News affiliate that she was let go from her job as a waitress at Hooters due to ‘”improper image” after the 25-year-old refused to remove blonde highlights from her dark brown hair.

“They specifically said, ‘Black women don’t have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,’” Johnson told CBS.

“I didn’t see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks so I didn’t think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my hair.”

Johnson has reportedly filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

“The law is clear that employers can’t have two separate unequal sets of rules—one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody else, and yet that’s exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss Johnson, an African-American employee solely because she’s African-American. They targeted her because of her hair solely because of her race,” Johnson’s attorney, Jessica Weber, told CBS.

Hooters has declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

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11 thoughts on “Hooters Fires Black Woman for Wearing Blonde Highlights

  1. Mac Ben on said:

    Bet they’d fire white chicks too if they wore afros or some other form of ‘black’ hair. Blond hair on a black chick IS NOT natural. I am sure they asked her nicely to get in compliance…

  2. Daniel Asamota on said:

    I don’t know what to say about this. It sounds like someone had a personal beef with her and did this to start something. Probably not a policy of the company as a whole.

  3. I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was Hooters who had another situation about a year or so ago with a waitress related to her weight (she was getting too big so I think they fired her). I know with Hooters, they have certain requirements for their employees because they are trying to portray a certain type of image. It may be difficult for this young lady to prove it was because race instead of the fact that it was a job requirement. If she was really fired solely because “black women don’t have blonde in their hair”, then that is something to look into. I guess its her right to wear her hair however she wants, but some employers have certain requirements of how you look sadly. If you don’t meet them, they can fire you.

  4. Don’t cry for me Argentina. I can’t muster up much sympathy at all for a self-hating (racist) black woman. Blacks don’t naturally have blonde hair so she’s racist and self-hating in trying to look like a white to “better” her looks. I say fire her and all the self-hating blacks that dye their hair blonde, red, orange, etc. Our children deserve better role models. (PS: Also fire the ones that bleach their skin and have plastic surgery on their noses/lips to look more white and the ones that wear blue and green contact lenses. Hey, I’d fire Micheal Jackson for those things but he’s already dead. Like I said, our children deserve better role models. And our ancestors that endured capture, the Middle Passage and slavery deserve better too.)

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