Spokane hair stylist resigns after being asked to wear wig

Credit: KING 5

Hair stylist Melanie Strandberg shaved her head to support her sister battling ovarian cancer. When her employer asked her to wear a wig, Strandberg quit.


by KING 5 News and KTVB.COM


Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 12:45 PM

SPOKANE -- When a Spokane hair stylist shaved her head to show support for her sister, who has stage III ovarian cancer, her employer asked her to wear a wig.

The stylist, Melanie Strandberg, instead decided to quit her job.

"I did it to support her and anyone going through cancer treatment," Strandberg said. "I think it's really important that when somebody's going through that they don't feel alone."

Strandberg has worked as a stylist in the Spokane area for nearly eight years. She said it's her passion. Before resigning her job this past week, she had been a salon supervisor at La Rive Salon and Spa at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino since December.

"I don't feel like I should need to cover up what I'm standing up for. The reason that I did it was to support, and I'm proud to show that. I'm proud to support her. I don't feel that's something that should be hidden," Strandberg said.

Strandberg has since filed suit against her previous employer for discrimination and harassment.

In a statement posted to KTVB's Facebook page, Northern Quest Resort and Casino said Melanie's experience was "inconsistent with our values and culture," and is "conducting a thorough internal examination to find out exactly what happened."

The casino also said Melanie's job is still available to her, if she so chooses.