Judge: Gray hair not reason for woman's firing

June 20, 2012 9:56:04 AM PDT
A Houston woman who contended she was fired improperly because of her shoulder-length gray hair has lost her federal age discrimination lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller has ruled Sandra Rawline was discharged in 2009 for legitimate reasons from her six-year job as an escrow officer and branch manager at Capital Title of Texas.

In a ruling issued June 6, the judge said evidence was overwhelming that she behaved unprofessionally on numerous occasions and admitted the issue about dying her hair was only her opinion of what a supervisor meant.

Capital Title of Texas lawyer David Margulies said Wednesday she didn't do her job and the firm's biggest client didn't want to work with her. Evidence showed clients had complained about her rudeness, tardiness, temper and use of "choice words."