Law signed outlaws Hairstyle Discrimination

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(CBS & CNN) – It will soon be illegal for dress codes to ban hairstyles like Afros, Braids, and dreadlocks in California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a measure that bans discrimination based on hair. He signed the Crown Act into law Wednesday in Sacramento.

The CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair, prohibits discrimination based on hairstyles in the workplace and schools.

It was introduced by State Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and was approved unanimously Thursday by the State Assembly. It was approved by the State Senate in April.

The bill updates the definition of race to be “inclusive of traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and hairstyles.”

California is the first state to ban racial discrimination against people based on their natural hairstyle. New Jersey introduced legislation this week to ban discrimination on the basis of hair in the workplace, housing and public schools in response to an incident last December when a black high school wrestler was forced to cut his dreadlocks ringside or forfeit a match.

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