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How California's CROWN Act Prohibits Race Discrimination


Workplace discrimination based on hairstyles is a widespread problem that affects many people. In California, lawmakers have taken a crucial step to address this problem by signing the CROWN Act into law.

This landmark piece of legislation prohibits race discrimination based on natural hairstyles and texture. If you're an employee in California, it's essential to understand how the CROWN Act protects you from hair discrimination and what you should do if you experience it.

What Is the CROWN Act in California?

The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair, was signed into law in California in 2019. This law expressly prohibits race discrimination based on natural hairstyles and texture. It specifies that a person's hair texture or style associated with their race is protected under California's anti-discrimination law, which is a huge step towards protecting individuals from this kind of discrimination.

Under the CROWN Act, employers cannot discriminate against employees or job applicants due to their natural hairstyles. Such hairstyles may include the following:

  • Afros
  • Braids
  • Dreadlocks
  • Twists

Moreover, the law prohibits employers from requiring employees to change their hairstyles to conform to a particular image or grooming standard that discriminates against their natural hair texture.

What If My Employer Discriminates Against Me for My Hair?

If you experience hair discrimination in the workplace, the CROWN Act gives you legal remedies. You can file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or take the matter to court. The law recognizes that race discrimination can take many forms, and it's vital to have legal protection if you're a victim.

Contact K2 Employment Law for Legal Support

K2 Employment Law’s employment lawyers can provide the legal support you need when you experience any kind of discrimination at work. We believe that all employees should be treated with dignity and respect, and employers should be held to account for discriminatory policies and practices.

If you want to learn more about how our experienced legal team can help, contact us today and request a free initial consultation.

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