Hairdresser fired from men’s only hair salon for transitioning into a womanBy Mason White 4:05 PM March 14, 2016
|Dakota Hemmingson before and after photos|
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A transgender woman is suicidal after her boss fired her because she is no longer a man.
23-year-old Dakota Hemmingson of New Zealand, was a good employee who had worked in the hairdressing industry for more than eight years.
Hemmingson, formerly known as Ahren, was shocked when she was fired after telling her boss that she was transitioning.
Hemmingson said that she was left feeling humiliated, rejected and suicidal because she believed that her boss would be supportive.
Hemmingson worked for Mensworks and Barkers Groom Room in Auckland, before her boss asked her to sign an agreement, saying that she agrees to stop working at the hair salon because she no longer matches the company’s “commercial profile.”
Hemmingson refused to sign the agreement. Instead, she went to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and is seeking $15,000 in compensation for pain and suffering she endured.