New York City Discrimination Based on Hairstyle


Employers are liable for discrimination based on hairstyle.  The New York City Human Rights Commission issued new guidelines that protect individuals from being discriminated because of the style of their hair.   The new law specifically asserts the right of people to have “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.” Andre D. Wagner for The New York Times.

Your right to natural hair:  Workplaces that target and mistreat employees for these hairstyles can now be more directly pursued for employment discrimination within the five boroughs of New York City.  

The new NYC anti-hairstyle discrimination laws are the first of their  kind in the country, and are based on the principal that hair is inherent to one’s race. Therefore, hair is protected like race under the law prohibiting discrimination on the base of race, national origin, etc.

If your employer has discriminated against you on the basis of your appearance, rather than ability to perform the job, we can help protect your rights.  Call an employment discrimination attorney now for a free consultation.

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If you have been fired or mistreated at work because of hairstyle, Afro or cornrows, you have rights!  You need the right employment attorney who is experienced in protecting your rights against employers in NYC. Contact us to schedule your consultation or Call 24/7  646-698-8990