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I can't believe my new employer asked me to get a doctors' note by monday to allow me to wear headscarves. This is unfortunate for the following reasons...

a) My doctor's office apparently closes at 4:30pm on Fridays and is closed all weekend, so they were closed when I phoned to inquire, and won't be open until after my monday morning training starts.
b) Do they ask for a certificate of verification for any religious person who wants to wear a head covering to work?
c) Does a wig count as a head covering, or is 'head coverings' just limited to fabric?

Perhaps if I waltz around without anything covering my hair, they'll discover that me not wearing headscarves is actually less respectful to my coworkers than me wearing them.

Anyway, since I'm not able to comply with what she wanted, I'm going to have to come up with a plan of attack. Options:
a) try to use makeup to make it look like my hair is normal, or
b) present a copy of my Trichotillomania Learning Center magazine front page article.
Maybe a combination of both would be most effective.

On the release form when you apply, you give them permission to research your online identities... so if they found me on facebook or livejoural, they'd already be well educated on the subject! Oh well - I shall think of this request as less of a personal attack and more of a chance to educate someone about the disorder.


P.S. Thanks to the Those Headcoverings blog (http://thoseheadcoverings.blogspot.com/) for featuring my story!

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tasha01
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
i'm sure a wig wouldn't be counted as a head covering if you wanted to go that route....otherwise maybe you can go to a drop in clinic on the weekend? explain what you need? they're usually pretty good
raggedy_tran
Mar. 14th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Trichotillomania is a serious problem that not enough people recognize, it's sad really.
I'm sorry you're having a hard time *hugs*
oh... and don't mind me, I just stumbled across your journal while browsing ^_^
angellore78
Mar. 14th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Personally I wouldn't do anything. That is so damn offensive. Did you explain the reason why you wear a head covering? I would probably go in with the head covering and if anything was said I would just remove it then and explain. If they still have a problem just don't wear it. Obv that depends on how comfortable you are without it though. I would say a wig would not count as a head covering. I think what really annoys/upsets me about this is if someone had lost their hair through cancer treatment would they still victimise them in this way and demand a note? I'm also concerned about them 'researching' your online identities too. Wow.
boobalah
Mar. 14th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I found your LJ through the blog Those Headcoverings. I'm so sorry that you have to go through with this. It's absolutely ridiculous.

A wig might be a good idea, but it also might mean that your employer will insist that you always wear a wig instead of other coverings because it's more professional looking.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 14th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I just found your site. I am another trichster and I have been looking for more blogs to follow. It seems so unfair about the situation at work. In any case, half the doctors don't even know about trichotillomania anyway, or they think you should 'just stop'. Good luck on showing them what it means. I also have a trich blog at http://ontrich.com. I think it's really important to raise awareness :)
~mspennylane
purpleberry
Sep. 18th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm having a really bad time with my trich and it's sucking hard.
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