Virginia Company Settles Dreadlocked Hair Discrimination Suit

August 18, 2011

A Roanoke-based moving company will pay $30,000 as part of a settlement with a Waynesboro-area man who says he was denied a job because he wouldn’t cut his long, dreadlocked hair.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last year against Lawrence Transportation Systems on behalf of Christopher Woodson, who grows his hair as a Rastafarian religious expression. Woodson claimed the company denied him a job as a loader at its Waynesboro facility in May 2008.

Under a settlement announced Wednesday, the company also agreed to implement anti-discrimination policies and training and post notices at its work sites on planned compliance.

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