Company Settles Discrimination Lawsuit With Rasta

Job seeker wouldn't cut dreadlocks

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 8:07 PM EDT
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Company Settles Discrimination Lawsuit With Rasta

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A Virginia company will pay a job applicant $30,000 to settle a job discrimination lawsuit.

Christopher Woodson, of the Waynesboro area, said he was denied a job at Lawrence Transportation Systems because he refused to cut his dreadlocks.

Woodson said he grows his  hair as a Rastafarian religious expression.

He applied for a job as a loader at Lawrence's Waynesboro facility in May 2008.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit last year in the case.

Under a settlement announced Wednesday, the Roanoke-based company also agrees to implement anti-discrimination policies and training and post notices on its planned compliance.

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