Company wants woman to cut her dreadlocks off

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)-- Twenty-four year-old Ashley Davis loves her dreadlocks and has been growing them for 10 years. Everyone in her family has dreadlocks, and she says it`s a part of her culture and identity. Davis was shocked when a manager at Tower Loan in St. Peters said her hairstyle was no longer acceptable and was told to cut it. She refuses to change her hair, the same hair she had when hired by the company.

"My worst dream is I wake up and all of my hair is gone. As far as cutting it, no way, its like cutting me open. I can`t do it. My supervisor saw me two weeks after she hired me and said I doing a great job," said Davis.

The new company policy says dreadlocks, braids, mohawks, mullets, and other hairstyles are against company guidelines. The new policy was implemented on September 21, 2013, just weeks after Davis started her job as a secretary. She also says she's the only person in her office with the style.

"I`ve only been there two months, and they came up with a policy within two months. I feel like it`s very degrading," she said.

Fox 2 contacted Tower Loan who released the following statement:
"Tower Loan does not comment on individual personnel matters. However, Tower has an appearance policy that is clearly defined in its training manual.  Tower believes a professional appearance is necessary for the success of the company."

Davis says she's hoping Tower Loan will take another look at their policy and accept people for what they bring to the company and not their personal style.

"My dreads I love them and I am going to keep them. My hair is a part of me and it makes me the professional and bubbly person I am," she said.

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