TEXAS (CNN) – A Texas teenager was told to pack up his things and go home all because he pierced his ear.
The young man was excited to be hired at an amusement park this summer.
And he never believed he would get in trouble over a small stud earring.
Now, as he sits at home, he thinks the water park should rethink its policy.
16-year-old Jamieson Minor has wanted to work at Six Flags Splashtown for years.
“My cousin was a lifeguard at Splashtown.”
He’s also wanted his ears pierced for a long time.
Something he was finally able to get when he started earning his own money as a lifeguard at the water park.
“I saw all my coworkers with them, and I was like why not.”
He got those piercings on June 1st, with his very first paycheck.
But when he returned to work he says he was told to clock out and not return until he removed those piercings.
“The HR lady explained that it is their policy that female employees cannot…which I immediately told her that was a vilation of my sons civil rights.”
Jamieson’s mom, Kelly says she started making calls to the Six Flags corporate office to demand changes to the policy’s different rules for males and females.
“I don’t think its right that just because he’s a male he can’t return to work.”
“To be honest with you I don’t even like earrings on males, but my son wanted his ears pierced and I told him bottom line I’m going to fight that because its not right.”
Jamieson says the store where he got the piercings told him not to remove them for another five weeks.
He says he will then be allowed back at work.
However, that will mean missing out on more than a months pay, all for a dress code that he believes is plainly unfair.
“I didn’t expect that to happen to me. I just want my job back. That’s really it.”
(This story was originally published on June 18, 2019)