SB 188: CROWN Act- Race Discrimination in the Workplace Protection

SB 188: CROWN Act- Race Discrimination in the Workplace Protection

SB 188: known as the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) Act, amends Section 212.1 of the California Education Code and Section 12926 of the California Government Code to expand the definition of "Race" to include traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and "protective hairstyles." The term "protective hairstyles" is defined to include, but not be limited to, "braids, locks, and twists." As a result, workplace dress codes and grooming policies may not prohibit such "protective hairstyles," otherwise such dress codes/grooming policies will be found to discriminate on the basis of race.

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