New Law Protecting Employees Against Hair or Hair-Style Based Discrimination

California Follows Recent Trend of Protecting Employees Against Hair or Hair-Style Based Discrimination California’s so-called “CROWN Act” became state law as of July 3, 2019, making it the first state to protect employees from discrimination based on natural hair and hairstyles associated with race. Earlier this year, New York City passed a similar municipal ordinance earlier this year and Michigan is poised to follow suit by passing its own state law providing such protection to employees. The legislative purpose of the CROWN Act (SB 188) is apparently to encourage employers to create grooming and appearance policies that will foster inclusion and diversity. Legislative fact-finding led to

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