Colorado recently prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of hair under a new law that takes effect on Sept. 14, 2020.
The “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2020” (CROWN Act) prohibits race discrimination on the basis of hair texture, hair type or a protective hairstyle that is commonly or historically associated with race. A “protective hairstyle” includes braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros and headwraps. Other states have recently enacted similar legislation — in 2019 New York and California banned discrimination based on hair, followed by New Jersey and Virginia in 2020.
- Signed act (HB20-1048) and other documentation (Colorado General Assembly, March 6, 2020)
Mercer Law & Policy Resources
- US: California employers can’t discriminate based on hair (July 11, 2019)
- New York bans discrimination based on religious clothing, facial hair (Aug. 19, 2019)
- US: New Jersey employers cannot discriminate based on hair (Jan. 16, 2020)
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