dreads and jobs
People instantly think your a wannabe musician, artsy person, but you definitely have no business being in a real world occupation, a proper job in an office.The first time i started to dread my hair, my boss called me to her office and asked me what the heck i was doing with my hair. This was a job in the public sector with the government. i didnt have to stay long on the job but even after that i knew people still have a loooong way to go to accepting dreads,Im currently on a masters program and ive seen one or two phd students in my school with dreads, My friend is gonna graduate from Med school in a few months, already has a job in a hospital and she has a head full of dreads, encouraging..kinda.lol.
Peter Hollingshead said:
This really sux. i hope you get one real soon.i was turned down from 3 jobs last month because my dreads, and still have yet to find one. Subway said that my dreads were a health code violation, which made no sense. so i explained to them that non-dreaded hair loses about 300 hairs a day while i lose next to none and that i wash my hair every other day, but they didn't listen. A local nursery said that "extreme hairstyles" were against their policy, so i bid them good day. Vons said my dreads were "offensive" even though i treated the interviewer with kindness and respect. apparently who i am doesn't matter...
My 11 year old son's Science class teacher has dreads, so his school evidently don't have a problem with the kind of hairstyles their teacher's have. After all, it shouldn't matter if their hair is purple with green spots, or they have a nose like an elephant, it's the person's ability to do the job that is the important part.My old history teacher went through college with a bright green mowhawk...he was one of the best teachers ever. : )Company's aren't allowed to discriminate on grounds of ethnicity, disability or religion, so why should they turn people down because of a hair style? It's ridiculous.
I'm so glad to hear this! Right now I am going to school to be an elementary teacher and have been alittle worried about getting a job eventually. So I'm happy someone knows a teacher who has them! Melanie Clark said:
My 11 year old son's Science class teacher has dreads, so his school evidently don't have a problem with the kind of hairstyles their teacher's have. After all, it shouldn't matter if their hair is purple with green spots, or they have a nose like an elephant, it's the person's ability to do the job that is the important part.
My old history teacher went through college with a bright green mowhawk...he was one of the best teachers ever. : )
Company's aren't allowed to discriminate on grounds of ethnicity, disability or religion, so why should they turn people down because of a hair style? It's ridiculous.
i have been employed for the last 5 years as a policy analyst in the ministry of health for the government of new zealand - yes, a complete and utter bureaucrat.shirt and tie most days. 5 years ago, short back and sides. started dread a year ago. i get a few stares on a daily basis, but no one has given a major hassle about the hair. one of the bosses from another area (out of curiosity more than anything) asked me if i grew dread because i was rasta. she thought it added some spark to the workplace.in fact, nobody said anything at first because i wore an oversized beanie for a year. my direct managers / overlings have never brought it up as a problem. did my work before i started dread. it is still getting done now. that is all they are worried about.nz recently had a member of parliament with ankle dread - hon nandor tanczos (his pic is somewhere else on this site). there are a few who play for the national sports teams here (shop dread though). maybe having dreads in the public eye has dulled the suspicion and hassle that might have been expected. i realise that i am in a fortunate spot.on a different level, i have received more hassle from church (mormon) and family about dreads than from the workplace. not enough to put a frown on for though. too much time has passed. the hair has gone well past the 'just-winding-people-up' novelty phase. i am not growing my hair to wind people up. i have always wanted dread ever since i was little. strange that i would wait until almost 40 to start. then again, maybe not so strange after all. but everything in my life is for my wife and my kids. i loved them before i had dread. i love them right now.i am lucky to have a job so that i can provide well for my family. one of the main reasons why i go to church is to care for my family - immediate and extended. i am glad that i live in an environment where i can do these things regardless of the way the hair goes.hope that everyone else finds such a situation.
gosh, how did you get this job?! I'd love to do that; or get my husband to do this, as he's disabled and has trouble finding work marlamom said:
i actually have a great job for dreads. i work from home as a medical transcriptionist. no one sees me except for my profile pic on my AIM cause that is one way we communicate. i also do it because i wanted to stay home with my kids, so its a great way to make money and be with my children. and have dreads!!!!