Title VII Protects New York City Rastafarian’s Dreadlocks

Rastafarian employees of the Grand Central Partnership are now free to wear their hair as they please, after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on their behalf. The Rastafarian workers, many of whom had been suspended or fired for breaking the companies dress code, brought a suit against their employer alleging that their practices against long hair was discriminating against their religion. The court agreed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which affords employees reasonable religious accommodations if they are not disruptive, and found for the workers. This is another small victory for workers rights in challenging some of the unfair and discriminatory practices of employers.