Dulzia Burchette, a black former saleswoman for Abercrombie & Fitch, is suing the company, claiming racial discrimination and harassment.
Burchette says she was harassed when she came to work at the company’s Fifth Avenue store with blonde highlights in her hair. A supervisor told her to lose the highlights or give up her job. When the harassment continued, Burchette quit.
She claims white employees were allowed to color their hair. Some black employees who colored their hair wore dark wigs to comply with the policy.
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