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NY Employers Must Amend Workplace Appearance Policies (Again)

NY Employers Must Amend Workplace Appearance Policies (Again)

Author: Scarinci HollenbeckDate: January 9, 2020

New York employers must again review their appearance policies to ensure they comply with the latest amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill into law that amends the NYSHRL to expressly prohibit employment discrimination based on attire, clothing, or facial hair worn as a form of religious observance.

The new anti-discrimination law comes on the heels of New York’s new ban on hairstyle discrimination. In July, New York enacted another new law (S.6209A/A.7797A) that amends the NYSHRL and the state’s Dignity for All Students Act to specify that discrimination based on race includes hairstyles or traits associated with race.

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