California officially bans discrimination against natural hair

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A new law took effect in California with the start of the new year that seeks to ban discrimination against natural hair in workplaces and schools.

The legislation, dubbed the CROWN Act, officially adds hair-based discrimination associated with race to the state’s anti-discrimination law.

The measure states that workplace policies prohibiting 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.”

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