EEOC loses its hairstyle discrimination case

September 15, 2016 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Earlier today, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit against Catastrophe Management Solutions. This an important decision concerning the proper scope of Title VII. At issue was whether a business’s policy requiring professional-looking haircuts & ...


Why hairstyle requirements don't violate Title VII in one sentence

January 19, 2016 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

In EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions, Inc., the federal government is claiming that a business’s decision to ban dreadlocks in the workplace violates Title VII’s requirement that the workplace be free of racial discrimination. Briefing was completed long ago, and PLF filed an amicus brief in the case arguing that requiring profe ...


Requiring professional-looking haircuts is not racial discrimination

April 28, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Think about the following scenario.  A job seeker sees an ad for a sales job.  She has all the correct qualifications.  Her interview goes great.  The business says they want to hire her, but because she will be selling the business to the public, she must get a professional-looking haircut.  The job seeker refuses.  Instead, … ...