According to an article published in The New York Times, New York City has announced its intention to take another step forward in protecting individuals from discrimination within city limits. The New York City Commission on Human Rights released new guidelines on February 18, 2019, that will prohibit discrimination against people because of their hairstyle or hair. While the law applies to any person in New York City, the new regulation includes language specifically mentioning “hairstyles such as locks, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”
Legal Recourse for Employees
The new regulations will protect workers who previously have been harassed, demoted or had their employment terminated because of their choice of hairstyle. Employers will no longer have the right to dictate how individual staff members wear their hair. Rules that apply to all employees equally, however, will still be enforceable. This includes rules about hair nets for food service workers and safety requirements about keeping hair secured in a ponytail or headband.
The Right Legal Help for Employees
Working with an experienced and knowledgeable New York City employment lawyer can help you enjoy the benefits of professional legal counsel and protect your rights in the workplace.
At Risman & Risman, our focus is on providing our clients with clear and practical guidance on all their employment issues. We have more than 20 years of combined legal experience and can negotiate the right solution for your employment and financial needs. Call us today at 212-233-6400 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our team will be happy to go to work for you.