Since when does a hairstyle determine one’s eligibility to work? Apparently, this was the case for Akua Agyemfra, a 20 year-old from Toronto, Canada who was asked to leave for the day at her job at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill because he hair was in a bun.
She was told she had to leave because he hair was not down, as per the installment’s requirements. Agyemfra sometimes wears extensions and braids, but feels it should be ok for her to wear her hair however she pleases.
“You should have your hair however you want, that’s my only problem [with what happened],” she said. “I feel your hair should be up in a restaurant. It’s more classy and more professional.”
Akua got in contact with CBC’s Makda Ghebreslassie to express how she felt about the situation. “I know most black women at restaurants are forced to wear wigs or weaves or extensions, or are forced to straighten their hair everyday,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, I think extensions look great. I’ve been wearing them ever since I was a little girl. I love when I get my braids. It’s the protective style I choose and works for me. But why am I scrutinized when I decide to take them out? That’s not fair.”
Agyembra did admit however, that prior to this incident, when she was interviewing for the position in a bun; her assistant manager Sabrina Chiodo asked if she could wear her hair down for work, which she agreed to, according to Yahoo.
After the incident, Agyembra said her mother suggested she didn’t return back to the restaurant. What do you think of how she was treated? Would you compromise wearing a hair style for a job? Sound off below.
Take a look at the interview above.