Can they terminate me over a Mohawk hairstyle even if I claim it to be non-ethnic?

UPDATED: Feb 22, 2012

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Can they terminate me over a Mohawk hairstyle even if I claim it to be non-ethnic?

I have a flat Mohawk and it is clean cut. My employer says that it is unprofessional and that they will terminate me if I do not shave it off. They made me sign a paper stating that I cannot show up with this haircut. I find it offensive that they would say and do something like this. I believe that as time changes so do people and styles.

Asked on February 22, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


Archibald J Thomas / Law Offices of Archibald J. Thomas, III, P.A. - Employee Rights Lawyers

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Assuming you are an employee of a private company and you have no contract and are not protected by a union, the answer is yes.  There is no law in Florida restricted an employers right to terminate employees based on hair style.  Under the employment at will doctrine, unless you are the victim of discrimination protected under state or federal law or unless there is some other illegal, ulterior motive, there is no law against termination for your hairstyle.

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