Agency Signs Teen Who Was Denied Job At Six Flags Due To His Dreadlocks
A 17-year-old young man was told he could not work at Six Flags in Texas because of his dreadlocks.
ABC News reports that Kerion Washington from Fort Worth, Texas, showed up to his job interview at Six Flags in March but was turned away due to his hair.
“I went to fill out the paperwork for the job, and then I was taken into a group interview,” Kerion said. “After the interview, they pulled me to the side and told me that dreads were not allowed.”
Kerion’s mom, Karis Washington, said that HR informed her that her son could come back once he changed his hair.
“They gave me a card and told me to come back when I made the decision to cut my hair,” Kerion added.
None of the company’s policies stated anything against dreadlocks. His family posted the incident to social media and it quickly went viral. It even caught the attention of Corrie Caster who is in charge of development and a scout for IMG Models LA and IMG Worldwide.
Caster then referred Kerion and Karis to Jones Model Management in Austin.
“We’ve already went to Austin to take a few pictures,” Kerion said.
Following the news, he quickly bagged a deal with a modeling agency.
“If this modeling career takes me super far, I’m going to stick with modeling,” Kerion added.
Despite the public nature of the issue, the family says that Six Flags never reached back out to them.