A Nigerian living in the UK, Lara Odoffin, is still in shock after
she received the news that her job offer had been revoked because she
was wearing braids. She was told that her braids was unacceptable as
part of the companies code and ethics.
The Bournemouth University graduate Lara Odoffin took to Facebook
yesterday to post about it and was astonished when it quickly went viral
and was shared 3,000 times.
She wrote: ‘So after being accepted for a position within this
company, they have TAKEN BACK the offer of a position on the grounds
that if I do not take my braids out.
‘Naturally I simply cannot work for the company.
‘This type of discrimination should not still be happening in this
day and age and any establishment still condoning such practices deserve
to be shamed and criticised.
‘Being a black woman means that to have a long term hairstyle that stays neat is always going to be a problem.
‘Having braids that last for 2-4 months and can be packed neatly and
styled to however a workplace requires is the solution to this problem.
‘No workplace has any right to forbid you from this.’
She also posted a picture of the email she had received from the
company, which read: ‘Unfortunately we cannot accept braids – it is
simply part of the uniform and grooming requirements we get from our
‘If you are unable to take them out I unfortunately won’t be able to offer you any work.’