March 25, 2019

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, Emerge NBIA, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights Co-Sponsor Forum on Hair Discrimination Ban

March 25, 2019

Contact: Imani Dawson | TCC Media | 646-389-9520 | idawson@clsj.org

MEDIA ADVISORY:  The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, Emerge NBIA, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights Co-Sponsor Forum on Hair Discrimination Ban

NEW YORK, NY—In February, New York City’s Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) issued groundbreaking legal guidance on hair discrimination in employment and accommodations. This guidance identifies discrimination against natural hair and hairstyles as racial discrimination and states that employers and providers of public accommodations such as schools, fitness clubs or nightclubs cannot require people to change their hair in order to gain employment or admission. It is among the first of its kind in the country. Applicable to all, but aimed at eliminating the disparate treatment of Black people, the guidance is part of the CCHR’s larger “While Black” campaign designed to affirm the rights of the city’s African descended population.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, NYCCHR will join the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers (CSLJ) and EMERGE Natural Beauty Industry Alliance (NBIA) for a candid discussion on the guidance and its implications in the workplace, school and in public spaces.

The panel discussion will feature the architects and advisors of the guidance who will explore the history of racial bias that prompted the guidance as well as the rights and actions that individuals can take to protect themselves and their families from prejudice based on hair styling or texture.

WHO: Diane C Bailey, EMERGE NBIA CEO (moderator), Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. General Counsel CSLJ, Brittny-Jade Saunders, Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives NYC CHR

WHAT: EMERGE NBIA, CSLJ and CCHR host conversation about the new NYC hair discrimination ban

WHERE: Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Avenue, 15th floor, New York  NY 10016

 

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