New Jersey Firefighter Challenges Department’s Hair Regulations

A Cape May (NJ) firefighter fighting a department policy that he said would force him to cut off his ponytail has challenged it on the basis of gender discrimination, according to a report.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that Timothy Gay took his case to the city council, saying the policy was directly explicitly at him–the only male member of the department with long hair. Female firefighters can reportedly wear their hair long.

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“It’s 2015. I am a firefighter, not a fireman,” Gay said. “Firefighter Tim and firefighter Christina wear the same fire gear. Firefighter Tim and firefighter Christina drive the same fire trucks, and firefighter Tim and firefighter Christina fight side by side on the same fire.”

 

 

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