Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Black woman told to straighten (Relax) hair if she wants 'THIS job'

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A black woman applying for a job at Harrods was told she would not get the role unless she chemically straightened her hair, a Parliamentary committee heard as MPs urged the

Government to clamp down on gender discrimination in the workplace.
In evidence presented to the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees, MPs were told a woman seeking work via one agency on behalf of the Knightsbridge department store was allegedly forced to chemically straighten her hair because her natural style was deemed to be “unprofessional”.
Today’s disclosure follows the publication of a joint Committee report entitled ‘High heels and workplace dress codes’, revealing that female workers across the country are being forced to dye their hair blonde, wear revealing dresses and constantly reapply makeup at the whim of unscrupulous employers.
Other women revealed how they were made to wear short skirts and six-inch stiletto heels whilst working at restaurants, financial firms in the City of London, and high street department stores.
Nicola Thorp, 27, who was formerly employed as a temp worker at London-based agency Portico, told MPs: “In one of the interview sessions that I attended, the woman who held the interview [on behalf of Harrods]...would go around the room and say, ‘You need a makeover, you need a makeover, you’re fine, you need a makeover.’
“She pointed to a black girl who was being interviewed and said ‘You can’t work for me unless you have your hair chemically relaxed, because your hair, as it is, is not professional enough.’ We just sat there and nodded and agreed because we needed the job.”
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ms Thorp - who made headlines last year when she was sent home from her receptionist job for refusing to wear four inch heels - said the report was “tackling a very serious issue - not just a pair of shoes.”
“I hope that the Government will now bring an end to forced dress codes. This goes to the heart of gender discrimination. There needs to be proper penalties, because right now there seems to be this culture of companies seeing if they can get away with it.”

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