It looks like Cincinnati, Oh. will be the next city to put a ban on natural hair discrimination in the books. City Councilmember Chris Seelbach proposed a new ordinance last week to add it to the city’s discrimination policy.
“People of color have been forced to regard natural and popular hairstyles — such as Bantu knots, box braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, or Afros — as liabilities in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations,” the councilmember told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The proposed law could lead up to $1,000 in fines ($100 per day) for discriminating against natural hair — including asking employees to change their hair for work or any other reason.
The City Council is expected to vote on the new bill this Wednesday. If it passes, it will be the second city to pass natural hair discrimination guidelines. The New York City Commission on Human Rights passed guidelines in February. Months later, both the states of California and New York passed the CROWN Act helping to further raise awareness of an ongoing trauma Black folks face when it comes to rocking the hair that grows out of our scalps. New Jersey is currently considering legislation to become the third state to pass the Act.