California becomes the first state to ban discrimination against black natural hairstyles
- Bill protected the natural state of California on Thursday
- Would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against black people for natural hair
- Natural hairstyles include afros, braids, twists, and dreadlocks
California is ready to become the first state to pass a law prohibiting workplace discrimination against black people because of natural hairstyles.
The bill called CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) passed past California & # 39; s Assembly last Thursday with a 69-0 vote.
The bill was in the State Senate of California earlier in April, and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom, a democrat.
The new law prohibits employers from firing or punishing employees for wearing & # 39; protective hairstyles & # 39 ;, such as & # 39; braids, locks, and twists & # 39 ;.
California is ready to become the first state to pass a law prohibiting workplace discrimination against black people because of natural hairstyles
& # 39; Hair remains an unbridled source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for black individuals & # 39 ;, the bill suggests.
& # 39; Clothing regulations in the workplace and care policy that naturally forbids hair, including afros, braids, twists and locks, have an unequal impact on black people, because these policies are more likely to deter black applicants and tax or punish black employees than any other group , & # 39; proposes the bill.
New York City issued a new policy in February with the same intention.
New York City issued a new policy in February with the same intention
In that case, the New York City Commission for Human Rights issued the new legal guidelines for employers and public places such as libraries, gyms, schools and night clubs.
& # 39; Policies that limit the ability to limit natural hair or hair styles associated with black people are not about & # 39; cleanliness & # 39; or & # 39; professionalism & # 39 ;; they are about limiting the way black people move around workplaces, public places and other environments, & NYC human rights commissioner and president Carmelyn P. Malalis said in a statement at the time.
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