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07 Jul

July 2021: Nevada Law Makes Hair-Based Discrimination Illegal

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in Nevada.

What happened?
On June 2, 2021, Senate Bill 327 was approved by Governor Sisolak.

What are the details?
The bill was put into effect beginning June 2, 2021, making hair-based discrimination illegal. The law prohibits discrimination based on traits that are typically associated with race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles.

Protective hairstyles include natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks, and twists. Notwithstanding the protections for hair texture and protective hairstyles, an employer may enforce health and safety requirements set forth in federal or state law. Additionally, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) may investigate claims of illegal hair-based discrimination.

The Bill can be read here.

A short article on the bill can be read here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review their workplace dress code policies to ensure they are in compliance with the law.

 

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