New York firefighters with razor bumps sue over shave policy
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 Their attorney said the accommodation was revoked in May, and the firefighters who couldn’t get a clean shave were put on light duty.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.
Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com