Target: John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, Canada
Goal: Prevent hair discrimination against black women in the workplace by requiring that employers receive mandatory training on anti-discrimination laws.
A black college student alleges that she was sent home from her job because her hair was not “straight and down.” Akua Agyemfra told reporters that her manager sent her home because her hair was in a tidy bun. She alleges that when she pulled her hair out of the bun to show her boss that her natural hair does not fall straight, her boss refused to listen and sent her home anyway.
In response, Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill, her former employer, has issued a statement that company standards allow for female employees to wear their hair down or in a stylish do. Akua, tells reporters that statement further perplexes her as her bun was neat, tidy, and the ends all tucked in. She’s unclear why she was sent home and feels it was discrimination based on her natural hair. Akua tells reporters that her experience is not isolated, and that the problem is more systemic.
Demand that employers receive training to understand that asking a person to change a genetically-controlled physical appearance is discrimination. We must take action now to stop hair discrimination against black women.
Dear Mayor Tory,
A black college student is using her experience with discrimination to shed light on a larger issue. Akua Agyemfra alleges she was sent home from her job because her hair did not meet the company standard of “straight and down.” Akua was wearing her long, kinky hair in a neat bun. She pulled out the bun and explained that her hair does not fall straight, but tells reporters she was told her hair was unacceptable and sent home.
We demand that employers receive training about anti-discrimination laws so they understand that they cannot request a change to a person’s genetically-dictated appearance.
[Your Name Here]
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