Effective immediately, the New York State Human Rights Law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on “traits historically associated with race.” That includes certain hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.

This change stems from a bill signed by Gov. Cuomo on Friday which amended the definition of race in New York Executive Law section 292.

The amended law follows similar protections enacted in New York City earlier this year.

It’s been a whirlwind for New York employers lately. If you’re an employer looking for guidance on State or federal law, the attorneys at The Coppola Firm would be glad to assist you.

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