Analysis

4 Ways Grooming, Dress Policies Can Be Legally Unkempt

Law360 (February 22, 2019, 8:39 PM EST) -- New York City's recent guidance warning businesses that bans on hairstyles commonly worn by African-Americans may run afoul of anti-discrimination laws should serve as a warning to employers that their appearance and grooming policies may contain hidden legal landmines, experts say.

The enforcement guidance issued Feb. 18 by the New York City Commission on Human Rights said in part that employers may face liability under the New York City Human Rights Law if their appearance or grooming policies subject black employees to disparate treatment by banning certain hairstyles like cornrows, Afros or fades. The commission said the premise also applied to...

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