Governor Signs NY Ban On Hair Discrimination

Governor Signs NY Ban

On Hair Discrimination

ALBANY — New York just became one of the first states in the nation to ban hair discrimination, the Albany Times Union is reporting.

A new law, signed by Governor Cuomo on Friday, prevents employers and schools from holding policies on braids, locks and other hairstyles that would tend to disproportionately affect black women, the newspaper reported.

Specifically, the bill amends the definition of race in state Human Rights Law and the Dignity for All Students Act to include “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles.”
New York State was almost the first state to pass such a law, but California edged in ahead, passing a similar law on July 4.

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