Ban on Discrimination Against Hair in New York City

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Ban on Discrimination Against Hair in New York City

This picture was featured in part of a campaign to change the law so that employers will have to pay an expensive fine if discrimination based on hair is evident.

This picture was featured in part of a campaign to change the law so that employers will have to pay an expensive fine if discrimination based on hair is evident.

NYC Commission on Human Rights

This picture was featured in part of a campaign to change the law so that employers will have to pay an expensive fine if discrimination based on hair is evident.

NYC Commission on Human Rights

NYC Commission on Human Rights

This picture was featured in part of a campaign to change the law so that employers will have to pay an expensive fine if discrimination based on hair is evident.

Luna Riley, Staff Reporter

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Last week in the most populated city in the US, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released a change in law stating that “the discrimination of people based on their hair, at work, school, or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination.”

This law will make sure individuals who have been harassed, threatened, or punished based on their hair will get their justice. Violators of the law will have to pay up to $250,000 depending on the severity of the discrimination. This law, although it includes everyone, focuses on the distreatment and discrimination of black people based on hair type. In an article with the New York Times, Carmelyn P. Malalis, the commissioner and chairwoman of the New York City Commision on Human Rights said, “There’s nothing keeping us from calling out these policies prohibiting natural hair or hairstyles most closely associated with black people.”

The change in law was evoked after complaints from workers at two Bronx businesses, and the guidelines specifically state that the right of New York City residents to maintain their “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.” This law could potentially change the lives of many New Yorkers who have faced discrimination based on their hair. Senior Jennifer Ethridge said, “I have a job, and I think there is no reason to discriminate against customers based on their hair.”

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Luna Riley, Staff Reporter

Luna Riley is a junior and a first time staff member. She has always loved writing in her free time and decided to pursue this interest by joining The...

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