Black stylist sues Orlo salon for racial discrimination

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An ex-employee of Orlo Salon claims her manager would continually disrespect and insult African-American hair. Zandra Bennett said her boss would attack her for bringing in black and Latino clients. Bennett claims her boss’ partner uttered, “black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here.” The meatpacking district salon is an expensive spot whose clients include celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Kirsten Dunst. The New York Daily News reports:

An owner of one of the most expensive hair salons in the city routinely belittled an African-American hair stylist with racial comments and blasted her for bringing in black and Hispanic clients instead of white ones, a lawsuit charges.

“Black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here,” George Casson, a part owner, is accused of telling stylist Zandra Bennett.

Bennett is suing Orlo, a Meatpacking District salon that charges $800 for a haircut and has celebrity clients like Jennifer Connelly, Kirsten Dunst and Naomi Campbell.

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