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Teen says she was denied work at Pet World because of her dreadlocks

A Pet Work employee in Menomonee Falls says she was denied work because of her dreadlocks. The teen says she wasn’t allowed to clock in for her shift last week unless she changed her hair.

19-year-old Destini Briggs, spent $150 on faux dreadlocks before her shift November 17th. But when she went to clock in, she says her boss had a problem with how she looked.

Pet World

“‘You can’t have your hair like that. You have to take it out,’” said Briggs. “So I called my mom and told her what happened.”

Destini Briggs

Starla Henderson

“I was very shocked,” said Starla Henderson, Briggs’ mother. “You’re selling dog food, you’re cleaning bird poop out of a cage. You’re picking worms out of the box. I don’t know who it bothered.”

Starla Henderson says she and her daughter confronted the store manager, who explained to them that the employee handbook states, “hair is to be natural color and an appropriate style for a retail setting.” Briggs and Henderson say the dreadlocks meet both of those requirements.

Destini Briggs

“I think it’s appropriate for anything. It’s not too long, I can pull it back, won’t get in the way of anything,” said Briggs.

Destini Briggs

“I just want to expose this discrimination. I think that it was an ambiguous statement. If you want someone to adhere to the rule book, then it needs to be very plain and simple for everyone to understand,” said Henderson.

The two are taking to social media to share the experience. They argue the issue is much bigger than a dress code dispute.

“You’re telling us how we, meaning African-American people — because this is more something that is from our culture — what’s appropriate and what’s not. This is her freedom to express her black culture,” said Henderson.

Police were eventually called to the store that day to help resolve the dispute.

Destini Briggs

FOX6 News reached out to Pet World about their dress code policy. Employees at multiple locations refused to give us contact information for the owners.

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Comment by carolyn johnson on November 27, 2017 at 5:27am
What her locks going to choke the animals
Comment by Melly Mel on November 26, 2017 at 10:29pm

Guess it's too black!! If a white boy had them in bet he wouldn't get fired.

Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on November 26, 2017 at 9:29pm
This apparently is a racial attempt to get away with denial of rights to gainful employment and financial steering. This chain should be sued. Their manager should know about their business direction goals, not the help. .
Comment by El-Bull on November 26, 2017 at 8:47pm

eah ashton if it were bright blue it would be okay because more than likely it would be a white girl wearing the blue color-----the employee handbook if the info is in there is racist as it does not take into consideration, cultural norms

Comment by leah ashton on November 26, 2017 at 8:21pm

smdh. i can see if they were bright blue, but there's nothing wrong with her hair. I would never work at a place where they can tell you how to wear your hair, esspecially if its neat and meets the requirements of the employee handbook

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