Natural, dreads or anything else banned in the employee code book may not be considered discrimination.
From the aspect of an employer I can see that as long as all individuals are treated the same that it should be ok. But often the code says clean appearance. I have seen dreads done well and not offensive and I have seen some that would be no different than you and I coming to work with Bed Head. However in this case a judge has ruled that it was ok to rescind a job offer. The company had grooming policy and apparently it was found that dreads did not meet the policy.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that banning an employee from wearing their hair in locs is not racial discrimination. In a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a cased brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a company that refused a hire a woman because she wouldn’t cut off her locs.