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Hairstylist forced to resign after shaving head to support sister’s cancer fight

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A Spokane, Washington hairstylist decided to shave her head after her sister was diagnosed with cancer.

But she never imagined that decision would force her to quit a job she loved.

Melanie Strandberg has been doing hair in the Spokane area for nearly eight years, calling it her passion.


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She has been a salon supervisor at La Rive Salon and Spa at the Northern Quest Casino and resort since December.

Recently, Melanie decided to shave her head in support of her sister Marisa who is about to start her second round of chemotherapy.

This isn't the first time Melanie has done something like this for her sister.

Last year, when Marisa originally learned she had stage 3 ovarian cancer, she had her first round of chemo and lost all her hair. Not wanting her to go through this difficult experience alone, Melanie also shaved off every single hair on her head, saying hair is only a frame for a face.

This week Melanie was forced to write a resignation letter to her manager at La Rive.

She says after showing up to work with her head shaved she was told by management that she had to wear a wig because being bald may make guests uncomfortable. They also told her a hairstylist with no hair doesn't make any sales.

Melanie chose family over her job and her sister says she wasn't surprised when she heard what her big sister did.

In a statement, Northern Quest said, "We take these allegations very seriously as they are inconsistent with Northern Quest Resort and Casino's values and culture. We are conducting an internal investigation to look into the matter. We pride ourselves on celebrating diversity and have always honored an employee's choice to shave his or her head in support of a friend or loved one who is battling cancer."

Melanie has since filed harassment and discrimination claims against the La Rive Spa.

She hopes to continue her career as a hairstylist.

 
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