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Albany County moves to prevent employment discrimination based on hairstyles

Nov 09, 2021 2:02 pm

Steve Hughes reports in the Times Union that the Albany County Legislature voted 28-10 Nov. 8 to amend its Human Rights Law to prevent employment discrimination based on hairstyles. Wearing turbans or headwraps is now protected in Albany County. The change came after Democrat Norma Chapman said one of her constituents in the West Hill area of Albany told her that she was forced to remove her head wrap at work and was ridiculed for how her hair looked. “I had to bring it to the body because they were being discriminated against through their jobs,” Chapman said. Some Republicans were opposed to the change. “There is a state law that deals with this and I think that if this a problem, it should be amended at the state level,” Paul Burgdorf said. The legislature had headwear on its mind during the meeting, also approving a measure requiring helmets for residents who ride electric scooters or bicycles with a fine of up to $100. Read more about this story in the Times Union.