New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will make New York one of the few states to ban race-based hair discrimination.
Cuomo signed Assembly Bill 07797 on July 12, which amended the Human Rights Law and Dignity for All Students Act to ensure that racial discrimination also includes “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles.”
“For much of our nation’s history, people of color -— particularly women — have been marginalized and discriminated against simply because of their hair style or texture,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By signing this bill into law, we are taking an important step toward correcting that history and ensuring people of color are protected from all forms of discrimination.”
New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins thanked Cuomo for signing the bill and said diversity in the state should be celebrated.
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