I get to work wearing a silk top layered with vintage necklaces, a blazer with heavy shoulder padding, harem pants and a side braid. I get the daily stats on sales, get informed on my goal for the day, and start with some clients. Next thing, I get called into the manager’s office.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dear Miss Red:
In accordance with Policy BS: Corrective Action, this is a letter of warning. This action is based on your hairstyle.
On previous occasions detailed reviews of expectations regarding your hairstyle [not] have been undertaken to ensure that you understand the requirements of your position. They have been discussed with you orally [never] and in writing [can I please see where hairstyle is addressed in the dress code manual?]. However, you continue not to meet these expectations and when offered options, dare to disrespect a manager by stating their hairstyle is far more inappropriate fashion-wise*.
Your failure to adhere to the requirements of your appearance has a serious impact on the operations of our high-end retail store, and our ability to meet our goals. By wearing a side braid you distract the consumer, hence impeding their positive buying decisions, portray the wrong brand image [apparently an ethnic one] and cause rebellion amongst employees.
Once again, you are expected to take off your side braid immediately and never again attempt to wear it. Failure to meet these requirements will result in further corrective action, up to and including termination.
You have a right to request review of this action under Policy 1,234: Hair Complaint Resolution.
Your over-scrutinizing manager
*As a side note it is my duty to inform you that a pull-back is far more time consuming and professional than a side braid.
Sin palabras… SIN palabras.