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California is poised to become the first state to pass a law banning workplace discrimination against black people for wearing natural hair styles.
The bill dubbed the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) passed California's Assembly on Thursday with a vote of 69-0.
Bill - California - State - Senate - April
The bill previously passed California's state Senate in April, and now awaits signature from Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
The new law would prohibit employers from firing or punishing employees for wearing 'protective hairstyles' such as 'braids, locks, and twists.'
'Hair - Source - Discrimination - Health - Consequences
'Hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for black individuals,' the bill states.
'Workplace dress code and grooming policies that prohibit natural hair, including afros, braids, twists,...
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