They Didn't Like the Mohawk? Deal With It

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Discrimination claims come in all forms these days, including allegations that involve mohawks. Attorney Eric B. Meyer discusses a sexual orientation discrimination case filed under New Jersey state law involving a flight attendant with a mohawk in an entry on The Employer’s Handbook.

As Meyer explains, the attendant claimed the “crap he took from his supervisors for his mohawk was because he was gay and, consequently, they had created a hostile work environment for him.” He says the plaintiff attempted to prove his case by showing pictures of other employees’ “extreme hairstyles,” and claiming they received more favorable treament.

Meyer wasn’t persuaded, and neither was the New Jersey district court. It determined that “plaintiff must ultimately show by a preponderance of the evidence that he suffered discrimination because of his sexual orientation. … Based on the record before it, this court cannot conclude that these photographs are probative of any discriminatory animus on the part of plaintiff’s supervisors, as they fail to suggest that Continental applied its grooming policy to plaintiff in a discriminatory fashion because of his sexual orientation.”