Hairstyle Discrimination

At least one place on earth is a mullet-free zone.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A pub in Australia got bad press after it turning away a potential patron on his birthday because of his mullet telling him that it was a ”no mullet zone”.  According to the Australian Hotels Association, it’s perfectly legal for bars there to set their own standards of dress.

While we can certainly sympathize with a bar that needs to make sure that the mullet wearing population stays out, in the US, there are some state laws that protect against discrimination on the basis of natural hair style. After the outrage caused by a wresting referee who made a wrestler cut off his locks, both California and New York passed laws banning discrimination on the basis of hair texture and styles, in particular those associated with non-European hair, which they say is a form of race discrimination.

Since a mullet isn’t generally associated with race, it’s not clear that a mullet would be protected, but the Australian Hotels Association has said that there are bars that are mullet friendly, so it’s just a question of finding those. And for most of us, avoiding them.

From the Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Share This

Copy Link to Clipboard