Hampshire mum says Tesco suspended her for purple hairstyle

NOT HAPPY Christine Padfield says she was suspended from her job at Tesco for having purple hair.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121041-3587)
NOT HAPPY Christine Padfield says she was suspended from her job at Tesco for having purple hair. Picture: Sarah Standing (121041-3587)
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A SUPERMARKET worker says she was suspended from her job at Tesco – for having purple hair.

Christine Padfield, of Badger Copse, Park Gate, claims managers at the store in Whiteley told her to dye her hair, which has purple highlights across the fringe, or face suspension.

The mum-of-four, who works in the dry goods section, claims she was asked to leave the premises after refusing their requests.

She met management on Thursday and will return to work after agreeing to re-dye her hair.

But the 38-year-old, who has worked for the supermarket giant for 12 years, told The News her decision to go back was to support her family.

She said: ‘How can they tell me to change my hair after 12 years?

‘I am not happy, it’s wrong and I feel it’s discrimination.

‘I am an individual and it doesn’t affect my work. Customers say to me “have you got hair colour like that here?” and I have not once had a complaint against me.

‘I feel they are trying to strip me of my personality.

‘I only have a bit of purple in the front of my hair and I have had lots of different hair colours and styles since I’ve been there.

‘I’ve had pink in there before.’

She said her children Declan, 18, Chelsea, 15, Lewis, 12, and Savannah, eight, have all supported her and told her not to change her hair colour.

Despite agreeing to go back to her job, she said she is looking for another one.

She added: ‘I am not going to be treated like that after 12 years. I am not happy at all.

‘I am going back but it will be temporary – I have to go back to look after my family.’

A spokesman for Tesco said: ‘We’re pleased that this matter was quickly resolved and that the member of staff will be returning to work.

‘Customers rightly expect our staff to be professional in their appearance.’