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Employers prohibited from discriminating based on religious attire, facial hair

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 09, 2019

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation which amends the New York State Human Rights Law and prohibits employers from discriminating based on religious attire or facial hair.

As New Yorkers we celebrate our diversity and we champion freedom of religious expression in all places, including the workplace. This law will protect people from discriminatory employment practices based on religious attire or facial hair and makes it crystal clear to anyone who may still have doubts that New York has zero tolerance for bigotry of any kind.
Governor Cuomo

The new law also requires employers to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious practices.

Today, New York expressly prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of religious attire and appearance. In these divisive times, New York must lead in protecting religious expression and eradicating bigotry and intolerance. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for signing this historic bill and protecting New Yorkers of all faiths.
Senator John C. Liu