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Bill banning workplace discrimination based on clothing, facial hair becomes law

A bill that would bar employers from discriminating against religious attire, clothing or facial hire was approved on Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“As New Yorkers we celebrate our diversity and we champion freedom of religious expression in all places, including the workplace,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“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.”

The new law specifies protections in the state’s Human Rights Law that bars employers from treating job applicants or workers based on religious beliefs and also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious practices.

“Today, New York expressly prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of religious attire and appearance,” said Sen. John Liu, a Democrat from Queens. “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.”

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