California became the first state to ban discrimination against natural hair

Business Insider | 7/4/2019 | Lauren Frias, INSIDER
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The California State Assembly unanimously passed a bill banning discrimination against natural hair in the workplace.

The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act updates the state's existing anti-discrimination laws to include the protection of natural hair styles.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the act into law on Wednesday.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Wednesday banning discrimination against natural hair in the workplace, making California the first US state to pass legislation of this kind.

The bill, dubbed the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act, was passed unanimously by the California state assembly, 69-0, according to Good Morning America.

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California State Sen. Holly Mitchell led the charge on the SB-188, updating the state's existing anti-discrimination laws to include the protection of "traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles, and would define protective hairstyles for purposes of these provisions."

"Workplace dress code and grooming policies that prohibit natural hair, including afros, braids, twists, and locks, have a disparate impact on black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter black applicants and burden or punish black employees than any other group," as stated in...
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