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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The NBA, Dress Codes, and Self Expression

D. Aaron Lacy, Southern Methodist University School of Law, has published Represent: Hip Hop Culture, the NBA Dress Code and Employment Discrimination. Here is the abstract.

The National Basketball Association’s current dress code policy is discriminatory toward African-American men because it places a higher burden upon African-American men than it does upon other members of the NBA. This policy is rather obviously based upon a negative reaction by team owners and NBA officials to the infiltration of hip hop culture into the NBA. The article investigates the legal and social merits of this policy in light of the fact that the NBA has arguably benefited from its association with hip hop culture, and given that this policy is arguably not job-related.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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