The Huizenga Hair Club For Litigants

Fired from a posh Boca beach club for her buzz cut, champion lifeguard Christine Leduc-McCrady is suing the owner, Huizenga Holdings

"I have no reason to believe they won't fight this, especially in light of the Blockbuster victory," says attorney Cormican, whose own hair measures 21 inches in length. "In all honesty the existing case law is in their favor. But I think these types of cases are ripe to be revisited by the courts."

Leduc-McCrady says she wouldn't go back to work in Boca even if they begged her. For the past eight months, she's been employed by the Fort Lauderdale beach patrol. "I love where I'm working now," she says. "They don't really care how you look as long as you're doing a good job."

Four weeks ago Leduc-McCrady returned from the United States Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Competition in Chicago toting three medals. Her greatest accomplishment was placing second in the nation in the grueling ocean-rescue part of the contest.

Tracie Moll, a 12-year veteran of the beach rescue team, says her younger, rookie colleague is working out just fine. "She doesn't take any crap," says Moll. "She has a strong mind. She's aggressive, because you have to be. You can't be afraid of ocean conditions, or people either. You have to take charge, and she does." Moll notes that the beach patrol doesn't have any particular policy when it comes to hair length -- anything goes. She herself wears a crew cut.

But across the road from Fort Lauderdale beach, Florida Panthers Holdings has taken over the venerable Bahia Mar Marina and its affiliated Radisson hotel. Leduc-McCrady worries about this creeping Huizengafication. "Some people laughed and said to me, 'Why not just grow your hair?' I thought: 'You don't get it do you?' There's a really big underlying issue here. It's not the hair. It's him. Who's he to say that women need to look a certain way?

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