Baltimore resident Farryn Johnson has filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights after she was fired from her job as a waitress at Hooters.
The 25-year old says she lost her job due to the color her hair.
Johnson told a CBS News affiliate that management ordered her to remove her blonde highlights because they were giving off an "improper image." She refused and was subsequently shown the door.
"They specifically said, 'Black women don't have blonde in their hair, so you need to take it out,'" Johnson told CBS, adding:
"I didn't see that it would be a big issue just because there were a lot of other employees working at the restaurant of other races with color in their hair. For instance, there were Asian girls with red hair and Caucasian girls with black hair and blond streaks, so I didn't think it would be an issue for the little piece of blond highlight in my hair."
Jessica Weber is representing Farryn and said in a statement:
"The law is clear that employers can't have two separate unequal sets of rules - one for African-Americans employees and one for everybody else, and yet that's exactly what Hooters did here in firing Miss Johnson, an African-American employee solely because she's African-American.
"They targeted her because of her hair solely because of her race."
Due to the pending litigation, Hooters says it has not comment at this time on the allegation.
In August 2012, Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came under fire when some African-Americans called her hair out for not representing their race well.