In basic terms, Jessica Devnani is a brunette, yet, her dreadlocks hairstyle is a grey area in terms of employment at Canada’s Wonderland.
“unnatural colour and beads” ?
So, maybe it’s no surprise the initial park employment staffer who interviewed Ms Devnani didn’t see her hair as extreme, but in the eyes of another, in the human resources department a little more than a week later, it was a non-starter. Even within Wonderland, the dreadlocks were a grey area open to interpretation, depending on who was looking at Ms Devnani’s hair at the time.
Many will remember last summer when the Ontario government’s cabinet office received a black eye. A mistakenly sent e-mail sent to a University of Toronto student that had applied for a position found out his appearance may have had a role in him not being considered.
A cabinet office staffer coined the phrase ‘Ghetto Dude’ in describing the young man’s appearance, a black man with dreadlocks, to another member of her department. Many were outraged to read about his story.
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Jessica Devnani was excited about the prospect of starting her first summer job at Canada’s Wonderland, but in the end, she found no amusement in the park’s request that she cut her dreadlocks, or find work elsewhere.
“I went in for my interview and they hired me on the spot so a week later I went for my first day of training,” she explained.
When she showed up she was given the bad news — the hair had to go.
“I was angry they didn’t tell me at the interview when they saw my hair,” she adds.
As a private company Canada’s Wonderland is entitled to a hiring policy and they have a rule of no extreme hairstyles.
A spokesperson for the company declined an interview.
“They got my hopes up with the job and then telling me I had to resign,” Devnani complains.
Canada’s Wonderland says it will look into better communicating its hiring policies and Jessica doesn’t plan to take any action against them, but she just hopes it doesn’t happen to somebody else.
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