New York City is bringing in a ban on discriminating against anyone due to their hairstyle, in what is believed to be the first law of its kind in the United States.
Anyone who is found to have discriminated against someone at work, school or in a public place due to their hairstyle can be fined up to $250,000 by the city’s commission on human rights. Victims can claim unlimited damages.
The change in law, announced on Monday, applies to anyone in New York City but is designed to help black people.
The guidelines specifically mention the right of New Yorkers 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.”