SPOKANE -- When a Spokane hair stylist shaved her head to show support for her sister, who has stage IIIovarian 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, NorthernQuest 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.