'Bullied and violated' worker dismissed over 'man bun' hairstyle

'Bullied and violated' worker dismissed over 'man bun' hairstyle

A former British Airways (BA) worker claims that he was sacked for his man bun, a decision which left him feeling ‘bullied’ and ‘violated’, ITV news reports.

Sid Ouared tells ITV in an interview: “They pretty much dismissed me on the claims my hair is like a girls’ hair. They said that my hair doesn’t confirm with uniform standards, despite the fact that there are thousands of female BA staff with the exact same hairstyle.”

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Comments (2)

  • Lauren
    Wed, 8 Aug 2018 1:35pm BST
    Let's not forget this is a world where it was deemed legitimate for women to be told that they must wear heals despite it being damaging to their health and wellbeing. If that's the case, why would they care about someones hair which has no impact on health and wellbeing (besides perhaps their mental wellbeing).
  • Boris
    Tue, 7 Aug 2018 1:37pm BST
    I am sat typing this with faux dreadlocks in my hair, they're bright pink, purple, blue and white and my employer has said nothing. I keep them clean and tidy, so where's the issue?
    It's about time employers came to realise that someone with dreads or piercings or tattoos is still capable of doing a job well. Their personal appearance shouldn't have anything to do with their ability to do a job and in this time of body modification, scarification and extreme body piercing i struggle to find a specific reason why someone who looks different cannot do a job?
    If this employer is saying that this man's hair "looks like girls hair" surely that's sexist and discriminatory? If someone made fun of my hair or told me it was too mannish i would be claiming harassment and bullying. Why is this so different for this man? To be let go over the length of your hair in today's day and age is shortsighted and bigoted.
    I hope that this guy takes BA to court and wins a wrongful dismissal case.

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