California becomes first US state to ban discrimination over natural hairstyles

first_imgReuse this content Share on LinkedIn Shares570570 California Men’s hair Share via Email Since you’re here… Tech firm apologizes after job ad seeks ‘preferably Caucasian’ candidates Topics The law prohibits employers and schools from enforcing rules against styles that would unfairly target black people California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law prohibiting employers and school from enforcing rules against hairstyles.Photograph: Jon Feingersh Photography Inc/Getty Images/Blend Images Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Instances of people of color facing discrimination in school and the workplace over their hair have gained visibility in recent years, as a movement among black women to wear natural styles has grown.In 2013, BP fired a top executive for wearing what one colleague called “ethnic hairstyles” including twists, braids, and cornrows. In 2018, an Alabama woman sued after a company required her to cut her locks to get a job. Also that year, a woman said her 14-year-old son was sent home from his school in Fresno, California, because of the way his head was shaved. And in December, a white referee sparked outrage by requiring a black student to cut his dreadlocks off before a wrestling match.The bill passed in California will also provide protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Education Code to protect people of color beyond the workplace. It was backed by a national alliance compromised of the National Urban League, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Color of Change, and Dove.Holly J Mitchell, the state senator who introduced the bill, told colleagues: “Many black employees – including your staff members – will tell you, if given the chance, that the struggle to maintain what society has deemed a ‘professional image’ while protecting the health and integrity of their hair remains a defining and paradoxical struggle in their work experience, not usually shared by their non-black peers.“Members, it is 2019. Any law that sanctions a job description that immediately excludes me from a position, not because of my capabilities or experience but because of my hair, is long overdue for reform.”Other jurisdictions have taken measures to prevent discrimination based on hair in recent years. The US army revised regulations to allow black soldiers to wear natural hairstyles in 2017. In February 2019, the city of New York banned restrictions on natural hair and hairstyles. Last modified on Fri 5 Jul 2019 08.34 EDT news Support The Guardiancenter_img Discrimination at work California Women’s hair Work & careers Share via Email Share on Twitter Kari Paul Share on Facebook Wed 3 Jul 2019 19.26 EDT Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Race California became the first state in the US to ban discrimination over natural hair on Wednesday.Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace (Crown) Act into law, prohibiting employers and schools from enforcing rules against hairstyles including afros, braids, twists, and locks. Workplace policies that prohibit such styles have serious economic and health consequences, especially for black individuals, the bill said.“In a society in which hair has historically been one of many determining factors of a person’s race, and whether they were a second-class citizen, hair today remains a proxy for race,” the bill said. “Therefore, hair discrimination targeting hairstyles associated with race is racial discrimination.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook California becomes first US state to ban discrimination over natural hairstyleslast_img

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