The television meteorologist in q
uestion, attractive African-American woman Rhonda A. Lee, should not have responded to the critique of her short hair and should not have dared to defend her choice online, it appears the television station is representing – since the station, her television employer, fired her immediately thereafter and did so citing her “inappropriate” use of social media.
In this day and age where employers can pretty much do whatever they please, where “right to work” states are popping up across the nation despite protests to the contrary, is this fair?
Can employers fire you for defending yourself? Is this “improper” use of social media? Was this woman fired for simply having “black hair” and not wanting to trifle with wigs and “anti-nappy” lotions and potions? Doesn’t a black woman have the right to have her hair any way she wants?
Personally, I think the action is ridiculous and flies in the face of simple logic; and now the station itself has gotten much more negative attention (much of it deservingly so) for acting in such a paralogical and bizarre manner while attempting to crack down on its television employees.
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- Meteorologist Fired for Civil Response to an Ignorant Facebook Post by a Viewer About Her Natural Hair (pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com)
- Reporter fired after responding to racially-charged Facebook comments about her hair (thegrio.com)
- Meteorologist Fired for Responding to ‘Racist’ Facebook Post (clutchmagonline.com)
- Black Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Fired over Racist Facebook Posts (popularcritic.com)