California becomes the first state to make hair discrimination illegal

Human Interest

California becomes the first state in the US to ban hair discrimination

It will soon be illegal for dress codes to ban hairstyles like Afros, braids, and dreadlocks in California.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the crown act into law on Wednesday.

In doing so California becomes the first state in the nation to ban employers and schools from discriminating against natural hairstyles.

New York City passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.

The new law goes after dress code and grooming policies that specifically target styles closely associated with racial, ethnic, or cultural identities.

One state lawmaker compared it to similar laws that protect religious hairstyles and head coverings.

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