The Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department recently issued a new dress code that some officers say discriminates against black workers. The policy forbids braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, extensions and ponytails, as well as jewelry worn on more than one tooth.
Two black officers—both with the department for more than 10 years—balked. One said his braids helped cover a bald spot; the other that he kept his dreadlocks tidy. The pair, along with a third officer, returned to work in tastefully trimmed wigs.
Their captain accused them of insolence and demanded that they remove the wigs. When the three refused, he took their badges instead. He put the three on administrative leave, giving them until March 23 to comply. The men chose their jobs over their locks, although one said it made him “depressed.” “I didn’t want to pull the race card,” another said.
The department has invited them to submit their complaints. No word on a legal challenge yet.