Aspen Dental employee resigns after boss comments on her hair

Delyshia Childers

A receptionist at a number of Cincinnati-area Aspen Dental offices resigned Tuesday after she says she faced discrimination from her employer due to her hair.

Delyshia Childers said the doctor approached her Tuesday about her hair in the company's Hamilton office.

"He pretty much told me my hair was unprofessional," Childers said. "He also asked me if I could style it."

Dr. Martin Kireru has apologized and said he misinterpreted a dress code that applies to clinical staff for patient safety, occupational and hazard standards. He called Childers a "top-performing employee."

Clinical staff like dental assistants, who work with patients, are required to wear long hair pulled back, but the same does not apply to receptionists.

Childers wears her curly hair naturally at about shoulder length.

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