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Fired for Not Wearing Make-Up — Fair Or Not?

Tania Khadder

June 22, 2009

There’s needing makeup, and there’s needing makeup … to keep your job

San Diego waitress Shenoa Vild refused to wear make-up to work – so she was canned.

Her restaurant had recently changed ownership, going from a casual, surf-inspired eatery called Trophy’s, to the more upscale Oliver.

Her all natural, beach-girl image was allegedly no longer appreciated by management. She refused to accommodate the new “dolled up” look. She hates makeup. Says she doesn’t need it.

Was her dismissal discrimination? Or totally fair?

I find it hard to take a stand on issues like this. Usually, I can see both sides of the argument – some say I’m indecisive. I like to think I’m open-minded. Or maybe just indifferent. I’m not really sure.

Anyway, in the case of the unemployed, bare-faced waitress, I offer you point/counterpoint…with myself.

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