NYC: Hair-Based Discrimination Ban

New guidelines are to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights banning discrimination based on the style of an individual’s hair.

In New York City, racial discrimination will now include the targeting of people based on hair texture or style at work, school, or in public spaces.

The guidelines, which were obtained by the New York Times before their public release, “are based on the argument that hair is inherent to one’s race”. More specifically:

“The guidelines give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of their hair…

And is therefore protected under the city’s human rights laws, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion and other protected classes”.

The New York Times notes that failure to comply permits the city commission to impose up to $250,000 in fines.

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The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from the New York Times on February 18, 2019, written by Stacy Stowe.

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