Rae Sremmurd is known for partying like rockstars but they are also aware with what’s going on in terms of social issues in America. Case in point: Swae Lee recently slammed the federal appeals court ruling that allows employers to reject applicants who wear dreadlocks.
According to the Huffington Post, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has made it legal for employers to discriminate against applicants and employees who wear dreadlocks. This stems from a case where Chastity Jones sued Catastrophe Management Solutions after they rejected her application because of her dreadlocks. When Jones told the hiring manager that she will not cut her dreads, she was allegedly told the company will not hire her. At the time, CMS had a “race-neutral grooming policy” requesting that employees have hairstyles that “reflect a business/professional image.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took on Jones’ case asserting that CMS had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”
However, the courts disagreed arguing that dreadlocks, though “culturally associated with race,” aren’t an “immutable characteristic of black persons.”
Swae Lee, who wear dreadlocks, thinks it’s bulls—. In an interview with TMZ, the “No Flex Zone” rapper called the courts’ decision “lame” and “is taking shots at a certain culture.”
“I’m a businessman, look me, I’m a millionaire and I got dreads,” he added. “So y’all gonna miss out on a lot of potential business partners.”
When asked how to fix this discriminatory issue with people who wear dreadlocks, Lee came up with an idea of economic empowerment.
“We fix it by our entrepreneurs with dreadlocks getting more money,” he stated. “All of those people get more money [and] beat the stereotype.”
In essence, Lee is suggesting that entrepreneurs with dreadlocks come together and create opportunities for those who are being discriminated against based on their hairstyles.
It’s novel approach. However, we prefer a course of action in which the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision is rescinded.
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