One summer day, Markeese Warner journeyed to Six Flags in her home state of Maryland for a job interview with the amusement parkâ€™s food services. Warner, 21, like most college students was looking for a summer job to make some money before returning to Pennsylvania State University in the fall for her senior year. On the day of the interview, Warner wore a black business dress, a pair of flat shoes, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail. Professional as usual for any job interview.
But much to Warnerâ€™s disbelief, when she was called into the human resources office to be interviewed, she was told that she was in clear breach of a very strict employee policy.
The interviewer, a black woman with curly natural hair, told Warner that she could not continue the interviewing process because Six Flags Corporation has a policy against â€œextreme hairstyles,â€ which includes mohawks and, astonishingly, Warnerâ€™s dreadlocks. While Warner may have met every other requirement for the job, her hair was an apparent roadblock.