The EEOC has filed racial discrimination charges against Eden Prairie-based Alliant Techsystems after the aerospace company withdrew a black woman’s job offer and then gave the position to a white man. Tyeastia Green says she first began to worry when an interviewer commented on her hair braids.
Green claims that during her first interview for the information technology job, an Alliant recruiter suggested that she undo her braids to look more professional. She did so for the next interview, and Alliant offered her a job. The next step was for her to meet with Alliant’s information technology officer.
She wore her hair in braids to that interview—and an Alliant rep told her the next day she would not be hired.
Green complained to the EEOC, but efforts to mediate the dispute failed. That’s when the EEOC sued on Green’s behalf, claiming Alliant discriminated on the basis of race.
Note: Beware making suggestions about an applicant’s appearance or other subjects unrelated to job performance. In this case, Alliant’s focus on Green’s braids was construed as asking her to not “look so black.”