Garden centre worker claims they were sacked for refusing to cover pink hair

A garden centre worker claims they were sacked after a row about refusing to cover up their dyed pink hair with a hat, leaving them feeling bullied.

Avery Adams, from Swadlincote, South Derbyshire, who identifies as non-binary, claims they were made to wear a woolly hat when it was hot, which caused them to have a migraine.

It is claimed they were told to keep the hat on even though they were too hot, which led to Avery walking out on the job. Avery was later sacked, Staffordshire Live reported.

Avery, who is studying horticulture at college in Rodbaston, Penkridge, claims they were told they needed to keep their hair covered and could wear a cap instead of the woolly beanie hat they had, but when Avery refused it would lead to them being fired.

The 27-year-old claimed they were fired from Planters at Bretby, in Bretby Lane, after dying their hair "a light subtle pink" which they thought would have been acceptable.

Avery, who said they loved the job and were good with customers and had a passion for plants, claimed: "When I went for my interview, my hair was a light peachy colour. Then it was a grey, silver colour.

"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.

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"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."

Avery claims after this incident they were asked to wear a cap.

They added: "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."

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Avery 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 I think they are outdated.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.

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

The Daily Star has also contacted Planters at Bretby for comment.

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