A JetBlue flight attendant is suing the airline because she said she was grounded and denied pay over her 'extreme mohawk.'
Charleen Momperousse, who is African-American and Haitian, said she was about to board a flight December 2015 when a supervisor allegedly wouldn't let her work because of her three-months-old tall hair-do and called it an 'extreme mohawk,' reports the New York Daily News.
JetBlue bans employee mohawks, but Momperousse said the policy is unevenly enforced - and that a male colleague had a mohawk and wasn't punished, nor was a white female colleague who 'had an up-do and the sides of her hair ... gelled.'
Charleen Momperousse, a Jet Blue flight attendant, said she was grounded and denied pay before a flight because of her tall hairdo, which a supervisor called an 'extreme mohawk'
JetBlue airlines is being sued in Brooklyn court by a veteran flight attendant over her 'extreme mohawk'
The 11-year-veteran of JetBlue says she's being punished for the texture of her hair, and has to buy weaves and wigs so she doesn't 'draw attention' to herself.
She filed suit in Brooklyn federal court. It's unclear what amount of damages she might be asking for.
'Who's to say [Jet Blue] can define it as a mohawk?' her lawyer, Chauncey Henry, said to the Daily News. He says the case isn't about race, but accepting people for 'who they are.'
Momperousse said that she wears wigs and weaves so as not to draw attention to herself at work and leaves her three-month-old 'mohawk' on the ground
Momperousse said she's always been respected by her colleagues and chose to speak out to help others who might be dealing with the same issue.
How many others don’t say (anything) and let it happen?' she asked.
It's unclear how long Momperousse was grounded for, but she is now back in the air - only her mohawk stays at home.