Like Bob Marley when writing the above lirick, Mr Harris didn’t care what the world, or at least his employer, NKL Automotive Ltd, said about his dreadlocks – in particular they did not represent the company well.
Harris was a Rastafarian who claimed he had been discriminated against because of his hair (part of the Rastafarian belief involves wearing long hair/dreadlocks). It has long been clear that Rastafarians are not a racial group and therefore can not claim Race Discrimination under the Race Relations Act. However, the EAT has now held that they can claim under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003.
Unfortunately for Mr Harris, whose hair was described as matted, the EAT held that a policy of having tidy hair was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim of appearing smart and presentable to clients and he therefore lost his claim of indirect discrimination.