Police Officer Files Complaint After Being Sent Home for Haircolor

Posted on May 3, 2010

Photo of Renee Norman's hair A female Philadelphia police officer has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission after her supervisor sent her home twice because of her haircolor. The supervisor says her hair is purple and violates the department's ban against "unnatural colors" such as blue or green. She says the hair is red. CBS reports:
Norman's attorney Brian Mildenberg says Capt. Dennis Wilson sent his client home on different occasions when she refused to change her hair color.

The African-American officer was accused of violating a directive, which states "unnatural colors," like blue and green, are banned from the department. Norman says this color is red and does not violate the directive and feels she is being discriminated against.
We wouldn't say her hair is purple: it looks red to us, although it's one of those colors that can look different depending on the lighting conditions. Apparently there are quite a few police officers in that jurisdiction who don't take kindly to hair restrictions. Last year a white male, Officer Thomas Strain, filed a similar complaint after he was transferred to desk duty because he refused to cut off his cornrows. That dispute is still pending.
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