Rastas sue for dreadlock discrimination

Sept. 18, 2008 at 11:10 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Four New York security guards who follow the Rastafarian religion said they are suing their employer after they were punished for wearing dreadlocks.

Deon Bailey, Brian Lee, Frantz Seraphin and Milton Marcano said they are suing the Grand Central Partnership after three of them were suspended for violating a personal appearance policy that requires workers to arrive on the job "with their hair properly cut," the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

The lawsuit said Seraphin was also forced to shave his beard under threat of firing.

The suit is seeking back pay and other damages for pain and humiliation.

David Roskin, a spokesman for the Grand Central Partnership, said the company recently agreed to provide special hats to the Rastafarians that would allow them to tuck in their dreadlocks.

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