Woman in America fired for refusing to dye gray hair

Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 11:17 AM IST

Washington: A 52-year-old American woman has claimed that she was fired from her job over her refusal to dye her gray hair.

Houston woman Sandra Rawline, who was an escrow officer and branch manager at Capital Title of Texas, said that in August 2009 her boss approached her and told her to confect a more "upscale image" to go with her real estate firm`s move to a new headquarters in Galleria, Texas.

Rawline said she was told to come to work wearing "younger, fancy suits", lots of jewellery, and she had to dye her gray hair.

When she refused, she was fired within a week and replaced by a woman 10 years her junior, the Guardian reports.

She has now sued the firm for discrimination in a Houston court.

Capital Title, which acts as a clearing house for property deals, however dismissed her allegations of age and hair discrimination as "completely baseless and preposterous".

“I`d hire a 150-year-old individual if they were worthy,” said the company`s chief executive, Bill Shaddock.

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