California may become the first state to ban natural hair discrimination
California is poised to become the first state to ban discrimination based on “natural hair.”
Natural hair has gotten attention in the TV news industry as reporters come forward with stories about how they were forced to style their hair for years in “unnatural” ways.
Now, however, more reporters, especially females, are going on air with “natural” hair styles.
There’s even a social media effort called “#FreeTheCurls” to encourage woman of all races and lines of work to wear their hair in its natural form.
The CROWN Act — a backronym for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair” — is expected to be signed into law by the governor.
The bill specifically mentions afros, braids, twists and locks as well as the broader category of “natural hair.”
The bill also points out that corporate dress and grooming policies that limit these styles typically disproportionately affect black individuals.