Lawsuit Alleges Discriminatory Treatment For Failure to Tame Afro

Below is the employment discrimination complaint, recently filed by security guard Tiffany Bryan against her employer AEG Management Brooklyn, alleging race discrimination. She seeks recovery under 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and the New York City Human Rights Law.

It alleges that plaintiff, a black woman, “was ridiculed, discriminated against, and effectively terminated for the way she wears her hair” – namely, “the appearance of her natural, African-American type hair.”

Plaintiff asserts, for example, that she was told that she “looked like she stuck her finger in a socket and was electrocuted” and that she “needed to do something to her hair”, and that after refusing to put her hair in a ponytail she was sent home and constructively discharged.

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