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Hair Discrimination Bill Passes Suffolk County Legislature

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The Suffolk County Legislature voted unanimously this week to ban discrimination against hairstyles and religious clothing in the workplace.

Supporters say many Black people and non-Christians often feel pressure in the workplace to straighten their hair, trim beards or remove hijabs. They say subtle forms of discrimination like this can cost people work opportunities.

The legislation codifies existing state law and gives the county Human Rights Commission the authority to enforce it.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.