By  on May 20, 2019

Image is almost everything in fashion, but when a carefully crafted branding message tramples on employees’ identities, regulators are more ready than ever to step in — especially in New York City, which is leading the charge.

“In the fashion industry, a lot of it is the look,” said Bob Tracy, partner at Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP, who advises fashion companies on employment issues. “And to the extent that they want a specific look, they have to be more careful in light of the new guidance from New York City, both with respect to hair, and with respect to not restricting employees’ clothing choices based on gender.”

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