New York City Bans Hairstyle-Based Discrimination

February 20, 2019

Natural hair? Don't care! New guidelines issued by the New York City Commission on Human Rights this week now prohibit discrimination based on a person's preferred hair or hairstyle. The New York Times notes that the guidelines state that people in the city are free to sport “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.” The guidelines also give the city commission the power to dole out fines of up to $250,000 for anyone violating the rules.