Sometimes the best remedy for discrimination is a little creativity.
June J. Rivas, a Chicago resident, proved that recently after she was told by her boss that the way she wears her hair — in a ponytail and covered by a head scarf — was "unprofessional." While at first, Rivas took the necessary steps to lodge a formal complaint against her boss's insensitive demand, she later decided to overcome the bigotry in the most brilliant way possible.
Rivas took to Facebook to share the story: "So my boss didn't like me wearing my hair in A ponytail every day. 'Unprofessional' nor my hair in A scarf 'unprofessional' Nor my hair in pigtals. 'Unprofessional' so I filed a harassment complaint against her as our contract states 'No dress code. Just to be clean and pressed."
"To counter, she issued a brand new memo. We now have a dress code. No any of [the] above plus no straps, hats, sandals, cleavage, back out, lace, and even (and I quote) 'cultural head wraps,' " she continued.
The memo her boss reportedly filed breaks quite a few discrimination laws and, as Rivas says, "uhh...yeah. Lawsuit much."
Rivas continued, "I decided to report her to the EOCC but comply in the mean time while they investigate. I have come to work each day in an outfit that fits the guidelines she laid out...just...not QUITE the way she expected."
Since her report to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rivas has dressed within the rules of the new dress code, but at the same time has been using her love for cosplay, wearing wigs, colored lenses, wings, spandex, and capes to work to speak out against the dress code.
Below, to the left, is June in her "unprofessional" everyday work wear. The other images are her in the technically acceptable outfits:
Go off, girlfriend.
Rivas is making an important statement about how the rules aren't in place to maintain professionalism, but instead to discriminate against those with certain beliefs.
(Photo: Alena Gamm/EyeEm/Getty Images)
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