New NYC Discrimination Guidance Focuses On Hairstyles

Law360 (February 19, 2019, 9:48 PM EST) -- New York City's Commission on Human Rights is putting employers on notice that banning or restricting hairstyles that are associated with black people is a form of racial discrimination. 

Alicia McCauley, the deputy press secretary for the commission, told Law360 on Tuesday that the law's racial discrimination protections had always been interpreted to include hair. However, a rise in cases concerning hairstyle bias and national news stories around the issue sounded an alarm for the commission, she said.  

"We realized that we needed to say explicitly that discrimination based on natural hair and hair styles is illegal," McCauley said.

McCauley said...

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