NEW YORK (AP) — Four black firefighters have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Fire Department of New York after being put on light duty because they can't shave.

The Daily News reports that the firefighters suffer from a skin condition caused by shaving and were given a medical accommodation allowing them to have close-cropped stubble as long as their breathing masks fit securely. Their attorney said the accommodation was revoked in May, and the firefighters who couldn't get a clean shave were put on light duty.

The skin condition, pseudofolliculitis barbae, is also known as razor bumps or barber's itch.

The lawsuit says a disproportionate number of black firefighters were adversely affected by the policy and were treated with hostility and disrespect when they questioned it.

The department declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com