Managers can have dreadlocks
5 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Wearing dreadlocks as an act of religious conviction is not a valid reason to blocking a person from a management position, the Dutch equality commission (CGB) has ruled.
5 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — Wearing dreadlocks as an act of religious conviction is not a valid reason to blocking a person from a management position, the Dutch equality commission (CGB) has ruled.
The commission also recognised the Rastafari movement — whose followers revere the former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as an earthly aspect of Jah (God) — as a religion.
This is the first time the commission has delivered a judgement in relation to the Rastafari movement.
The anti-discrimination bureau in Amsterdam (MDA) disclosed last week's landmark decision on Monday.
The MDA took a case to the equality commission when an Amsterdammer was refused an assistant store manager position in a sports shop because he wears his hair in dreadlocks to illustrate his adherence to the Rastafari movement.
The equality commission's ruling applies to all employments and not just managers, the MDA said. But the MDA admitted it did not know if the sports shop will act on the CGB's judgement.
The MDA received a previous complaint from a woman who was told by an employment agency she could not get a job in a posh Amsterdam hotel because of her dreadlocks. Her choice of hair style had nothing to do with religious beliefs.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news