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An Alabama firefighter was fired over a tattoo on the back of her head and neck that showed off spinal bones, flowers and hands mimicking 'The Creation of Adam.'
Kay'Ana Adams had worked at the Maryvale station of the Mobile Fire Department for nine months until someone raised a complaint about a new tattoo she had gotten in June, WKRG 5 reports.
Although Adams said she knew the department had a policy against tattoos on the face or neck, she said other firefighters had more prominent ink than hers and noted that her design would be easy to keep covered while in uniform.
'The next thing I knew I was being investigated for it, interrogated behind it, and then they made their decision that I was in violation of policy,' said Adams.
Following a back-and-forth with the city, which included a complaint about her hair - which has become a heated topic regarding discrimination against black people - Adams, a black woman, was ultimately fired.
In June 2022, Mobile firefighter Kay'Ana Adams got a tattoo on the back of her head and neck featuring spinal bones, flowers and hands mimicking 'The Creation of Adam'
The rookie firefighter said she was subjected to interrogations over the tattoo, which she claimed was more tame than some of the ink other colleagues had. Adams was ultimately fired on November 10, but she claims she was let go for speaking out against the department
She alleges that she was fired not because of the tattoo, but for speaking out against harassment and sexism she experienced as a trainee and new recruit.
She had filed two complaints regarding instances where male firefighters allegedly made inappropriate remarks about 'feminism and women's rights'
'Statements in regard to, you know, "I don't want to work with women"', Adams told WKRG.
The former firefighter also noted that she had once spoken out at her training academy when a group of people in her class were discussing how to tie a noose.
When it came to the issue