The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not racial discrimination for a business to fire an employee with dreadlocks on the basis of their hairstyle, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The recent decision comes as the result of a lawsuit brought in 2013 by an Alabama woman who said she had a job offer withdrawn because she refused to change her dreadlocks for another hairstyle.
She took her claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed suit based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which states employers can not "fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual ... with respect to his ... race, color, religion, sex, or national origin."
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Sept. 15 that Title VII doesn't protect "hairstyles culturally associated with race."
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs found himself in the middle of dreadlock-related controversy last week, being accused of appropriating black culture after outfitting a group of mostly white models with rainbow dreadlocks on the final day of New York Fashion Week.