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What Do You Need to Know about Hairstyle Discrimination?

hairstyle discriminationWhen it comes to hairstyle discrimination, there are a few things you should know.

First and foremost, discrimination based on hairstyle is illegal in some places. This means that if you feel you were treated unfairly or harassed because of your hairstyle, you may have legal recourse.

Additionally, it is important to be aware of the potential consequences of hairstyle discrimination.

For example, you may be passed over for a job or promotion, or you may be subjected to teasing and ridicule from your peers.

New York Protects Employees and Job Applicants from Hairstyle Discrimination

New York State’s anti-discrimination laws protect employees from being treated unfairly because of their hairstyle. These laws apply to all employers in the state, regardless of size.

The New York State Division of Human Rights defines “hairstyle” as how “a person wears his or her hair.” This includes styles such as:

  • Cornrows
  • Dreadlocks
  • Afros
  • Braids
  • Twists
  • All styles associated with a particular culture or ethnicity

Employers cannot refuse to hire someone or take adverse action against an employee because of their hairstyle. This includes refusing to allow an employee to wear their hair in a certain style, or requiring them to change their hairstyle to conform to company policy.

Employers also cannot require employees to wear their hair in a certain way to be considered for promotion or other job opportunities.

If you believe that you have been the victim of hairstyle discrimination, you can file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Hairstyle Discrimination Might Be a Case of Covert Discrimination

What is covert discrimination?

Covert discrimination is unfair treatment related to a characteristic that is not immediately apparent. Usually, discrimination links to race, gender, sexuality, or religion.

This type of discrimination can be difficult to identify and prove, but it can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

What are some examples of covert discrimination?

Examples of covert discrimination can include being passed over for a promotion because of your race, being denied a loan because of your religion, or being treated differently by co-workers because of your sexuality.

How can employers prevent covert discrimination?

Education is the best preventative against covert discrimination. It is also important to create policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing, and other areas.

What are the consequences of covert discrimination?

The consequences of covert discrimination can be severe. It can lead to lost opportunities, financial hardship, and even mental and physical health problems. If you believe that you have been a victim of covert discrimination, it is important to seek help from an experienced attorney.

If you believe you have been the victim of hairstyle discrimination, it is important to speak up. You may want to talk to a lawyer to discuss your legal options, or you may simply want to raise awareness about the issue. Either way, it is important to take a stand against discrimination in all forms.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation, contact Borrelli & Associates, P.L.L.C. to schedule a free consultation.


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