Earlier this week, the New York City Commission on Human Rights instituted a law that bans discrimination by employers, schools and other public places, based upon hairstyle.
Banning certain hairstyles, whether in the workplace or at a school, is now considered a form of racial discrimination in New York.
Guidelines released by the city’s Commission on Human Rights apply to everyone, but are particularly geared towards protecting the rights of black people.
Violators can be fined up to $250,000, although proving the discrimination may still be difficult.
Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.