Man Denied Job for Refusing to Cut Dreadlocked Hair

September 24, 2010

A Roanoke-based moving company is at odds with a Rastafarian who says he was denied a job because he declined to cut his long, dreadlocked hair because of his religious beliefs.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit 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.

In a written statement Thursday to The News-Virginian, Lawrence Transportation said that the issue centered around Woodson's appearance violating company policy, and didn't stem from religious discrimination.

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