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Unlawful discrimination resulting from hairstyle

This report relates to 2 case(s)

In two recent cases (Erogbogbo v Vision Express UK Ltd [2000] ET/2200773/00; Pell v Wagstaff [2000] ET/2801882/99 ) the employer was held to have unlawfully discriminated against individuals because of their hairstyle. In Erogbogbo, a London (North) employment tribunal (Chair: G Flint), holds that a black African employee who lost her job because of her hairstyle was discriminated against on grounds of race. In Pell, a Sheffield employment tribunal (Chair: R LL Williams) rules that a male applicant with long hair who was refused bar work at a hotel because he was unwilling to cut his hair was discriminated on grounds of sex.