The 26-year-old London man is speaking out against his former employer.
A former British Airways staffer is speaking out against the carrier, who claimed he was “discriminated against” and ultimately fired for his man bun hairstyle.
The Sun reported on Monday that the new rent Sid Ouared said that he had no idea his “trendy” haircut broke protocol until the last day of a two-week training for a customer service function at the airline, which led to a conflict with his supervisors, which ultimately led to the termination of his employment.
“In a nutshell they pretty much fired me on the progress my hair is like a ‘girl’s hair'”
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“I was fired from British Airways because I have a man bun, which according to them does not comply with their uniform policies,” the 26-year-old Londoner told the outlet. “The fact that they fired me that a man with long hair is ridiculous and sexist. They have discriminated against me.”
Ouared told ITV News that the decision made him feel “harassed” and “violated.”
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“They said, in fact, cut it, put it in a turban as a Sikh, or put him in dreadlocks as a Rasta,” he further announced. “I’m not one of those things and I can’t believe that they would make me wear my hair like something that I’m not.”
Ouared said that he worked with “many of the luxury shops” who never doubts about his hairstyle, adding that British Airways would never have made such a statement of a female employee.
“Now we live in a multicultural Britain. We live in the age of equality and we should be open minded,” he said. “But this stuffy old carrier does not, so that I my hair the way I want.”
Representatives for British Airways returned to Fox News’ request for comment with the following statement: “We don’t comment on the area of the labour law related to individuals.”
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According to the most recent dress code guidelines available online for British Airways staff, male employees must wear their hair “clean, neat, well-groomed and neatly decorated so that it stays in place during the work.”
Men hairstyles “must not touch the shirt collar at the back or sides.” In addition, staff members “dealing with eating, drinking or the use of machinery, the utmost care should take into account with respect to the length of the hair, and personal care. The hair must not fall over the face when leaning forward.”
The uniform regulations state that the extension “are only allowed to secure dreadlocks for men.
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