22 Cardozo J.L. & Gender 437 (2015-2016)
My Hair Is Not Like Yours: Workplace Hair Grooming Policies for African American Women as Racial Stereotyping in Violation of Title VII

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MY HAIR IS NOT LIKE YOURS: WORKPLACE HAIR
  GROOMING POLICIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN
          WOMEN AS RACIAL STEREOTYPING
                IN VIOLATION OF TITLE VII


         Dawn  D. Bennett-Alexander*  &  linda f. harrison**


                             ABSTRACT


     This article argues that workplace discrimination based on hair grooming
policies disproportionately impacts African American women. The article seeks to
establish that natural hair is an immutable characteristic, as is all hair, made
mutable by social policies that impose an acceptable standard of beauty that
was never meant to include or reflect black women. Often placed under workplace
or other institutional grooming policies, the article posits that these policies are no
more than a continuation of race-based policies that reflect unlawful stereotyping
under Title VII and should be eliminated. Lastly, the article proposes a set of
questions that test the imposition of such policies and urge the protection from
employment discrimination of women who wear their hair in its natural state.


                        TABLE  OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION..........................................................438
I. TITLE VII AND THE EEOC GUIDELINES ON GROOMING POLICIES AND HAIR
      TEXTURE.......................................................441
II. ORIGINS OF THE NATURAL HAIR STEREOTYPE         ............... .............443
III. TITLE VII'S RACE-BASED EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CASES..................448
IV. RACIAL STEREOTYPING AS A VIOLATION OF TITLE VII........ ..........452
V. POLICY PROPOSALS TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATORY GROOMING POLICIES ....456
CONCLUSION                        ...........................................................460


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