California Is First State To Ban Hair Discrimination

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This past February, NYC became the first-ever city to ban hair discrimination in the workplace. Today, California became the first-ever state to apply similar rules banning discriminating against natural hair in the workplace and public and charter schools.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB188 — “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair” (CROWN) Act — into law on Wednesday.


Introduced by Sen. Mitchell, the CROWN Act (SB 188) is sponsored by the CROWN Coalition, a national alliance comprised of the National Urban League, Dove, Color of Change and Western Center on Law and Poverty. The Coalition aims to put an end to the significant injustices of hair discrimination that has spanned decades across the U.S.

Yes, in 2019, there still needs to be a whole law banning discrimination against how hair naturally grows out of African Americans’ and other ethnicities’ scalps.

While Black women celebrate #BlackHairMagic at home and in their communities with protective styles and stories, we are often being told to straighten or hide our crowns to keep a job.

A recent study by Dove shows Black women are 1.5 times more likely than their White counterparts to have reported being sent home or know of a Black woman sent home from the workplace because of her hair.On top of that, Black women are 80% more likely to change their natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work.

The CROWN Coalition is partnering with other state legislators to address this discrimination. The CROWN Act was recently introduced in New York Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright and in New Jersey by Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, with aims to get the bill passed in all 50 states.

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