Having a ‘Man Bun’ Will Apparently Get You Fired at British Airways
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British Airways is currently under fire — no, not for kicking passengers off flights during a heat wave, but for allegedly firing a customer service worker for having a so-called “man bun.”
Sid Ouared had been working as a customer services assistant in Heathrow‘s Terminal 5 for about two weeks and claims that during the final day of his training, his bosses fired him for “having a hairstyle that did not comply with their uniform policy.” According to The Independent, one of his bosses even told him he “looked like a girl.”
He went on to say that “the fact that they dismissed me for being a man with long hair is ridiculous and sexist. They have discriminated against me. They basically said cut it, put it in a turban like a Sikh, or turn it into dreadlocks like a Rastafarian. I am not any of those things, and I can’t believe that they would make me wear my hair like something that I am not,” the New York Post reports.
A former British Airways worker who says the company sacked him because of his man bun has told ITV News that the decision left him feeling “bullied” and “violated” https://t.co/lyvzbDaBxq pic.twitter.com/sk06PDlCuu
— ITV News (@itvnews) August 6, 2018
Ouared also claims that this never would have happened to a woman, and that “this stuffy old airline won’t allow me to have my hair as I like it.” As such, he’s claiming that he has been discriminated against by British Airways.
The airline told The Independent, “We don’t comment in detail on individual employment matters.”
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