The bill, which passed in the California Assembly 69-0 on June 27, amends state anti-discrimination law to “also include traits historically associated with race” including hair texture and protective hairstyles.”
The California Senate passed the bill in April, and it now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign the bill into law.
The Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair (CROWN) Act ensures protection against discrimination in the workplace based on hairstyles by prohibiting employers from enforcing purportedly “race neutral” grooming policies that disproportionately impact persons of color. To date, there is no legal precedent in state or federal court to protect individuals against hair discrimination.
More info: http://leginfo.ca.gov