NYC Bans Hair Style Discrimination

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The New York City Commission on Human Rights this week issued enforcement guidance to prohibit workplace discrimination based on an employee’s hair style. Employers are thereby prohibited from punishing, demoting, firing or taking other adverse actions against workers who wear their hair in styles reflecting their culture.

While aimed broadly, the guidance acknowledges black workers’ right to wear natural, treated or untreated hair styles, including cornrows, locs, braids, twists, Bantu knots, fades or Afros and includes keeping one’s hair uncut or untrimmed.