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.