I was SACKED from my job over my pink hair – they insisted I wear a cap but I felt bullied

A GARDEN centre worker claims they were sacked for refusing to cover their pink hair with a hat on a hot day.

Avery Adams, 27, was asked to wear the woolly beanie and suffered a migraine as a result after working at Planters at Bretby, in Bretby, Derbyshire.


Avery, who identifies as non-binary, claims that they were told to keep that hat on even though they were too hot.

They then walked out on the job, and after meeting with managers were told that they needed to keep their hair covered, with a cap rather than a beanie.

But when Avery refused, they claim that Planters at Bretby fired them, believing they had an issue with their shaved head.

They told Staffordshire Live: "When I went for my interview, my hair was a light peachy colour. Then it was a grey, silver colour.

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"They said that I would have to change it, and I was like 'yeah sure.' Eventually, I shaved it off.

"I struggle with self-care and looking after myself. I knew bright colours were not permitted so I opted for a light subtle pink, which I thought also took the edge away from my shaved head and made me feel a bit prettier.

"After shaving, I was told to wear a hat. I was like 'fine' and wore a beanie. One day, it was quite hot under the canvas covers and I started to get a migraine.

“I was told I need to [wear the hat] and I said I didn't want to as I didn't feel comfortable with it on. I said I was not going to work in these conditions but they kept insisting on it.

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"They rang me back and asked if I could wear a cap. I said they haven't really been listening to me.

"It started quite well. They were funny about any tattoos. They said no tatts were allowed on show. They said you had to buy something to cover it up, even if you had something small."

Avery is studying horticulture at college in Rodbaston, Penkridge, and said working at Planters was a "good fit".

They added: "I just felt really unheard and small. I am not able to be the person that I am. I think they are outdated. I was almost bullied.

“I posted about it on social media and they terminated my contract. I was good. I got on with customers.

"Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their working environment."

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A spokesperson for Planters at Bretby said: "We don’t comment on personal matters between members of staff and ourselves I’m afraid."

The Sun has contacted Planters at Bretby for a comment, but in a statement to StaffordshireLive they said: "We don’t comment on personal matters between members of staff and ourselves I’m afraid."

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