CROWN Act legislation outlawing race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and other settings has gained momentum since California became the first to pass such a law nearly five years ago, with scores of states and municipalities enacting their own variation and over a dozen more states considering bills of their own.
By Anne Cullen
A Texas state judge recently ruled that a school district's policy barring a Black student from wearing locs did not violate a state law prohibiting discrimination based on hairstyles tied to race. However, experts said employers shouldn't interpret that decision as a sign that restrictive grooming policies will pass muster.
By Amanda Ottaway
Workplace discrimination experts say they will be keeping a close eye in the new year on artificial intelligence, the tension between religious rights and bias law, employer diversity programs and a bevy of novel legal protections. Here are four discrimination issues to watch.
By Benjamin Morse
Employers are barred from discriminating against workers based on their hairstyle or hair texture under an ordinance passed this week in Lawrence, Kansas.
Two lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced a bill that would stop employers from discriminating against workers based on their hairstyle or hair texture.
Michigan is barring employers from discriminating against workers based on their hair texture and style under a bill signed into law Thursday by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill prohibiting employers from engaging in race-based hair discrimination, following 20 states that have adopted similar measures.
By Vin Gurrieri
CROWN Act legislation outlawing race-based hair discrimination has gained momentum since California became the first state to adopt such a law nearly five years ago, with numerous states and municipalities enacting their own variation and over a dozen more states considering bills. Here, find more information about Law360's new CROWN Act Tracker that includes an interactive, nationwide map that shows where variations of the law exist.
By Emmy Freedman
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies from discriminating against workers who wear their hair in braids, twists or any style associated with a particular race.
By May Olvera
Legislation to protect workers against race-based hairstyle discrimination cleared the Minnesota Senate, leaving the Democratic governor's signature as the only remaining hurdle to the bill becoming law.
By Celeste Bott
Legislation taking effect this year in Illinois includes changes to leave law with which Prairie State employers should be ready to comply, which attorneys say reflects a growing trend to give employees more time off to deal with personal crises.
By Anna Sanders
Even as more attorneys of color wear braids, locs and other natural hairstyles at work, many say they're still fighting pressure to conform to racist standards of beauty and professionalism in the legal industry.
Employers in Tennessee are prohibited from discriminating against workers based on hairstyles like braids and locs under a new law that kicked in this month.
Although Democrats in the House have pushed through numerous parts of President Joe Biden's ambitious pro-worker agenda, including bills significantly expanding civil rights protections for American workers, the fate of those legislative proposals remains cloudy in an evenly divided Senate. Here, Law360 looks at five bills employers should keep tabs on in the second half of 2022.
By Iván Resendiz Gutierrez and Rebecca Schach
Given the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of a bill that would ban race-based hair discrimination in workplaces, as well as the proliferation of similar legislation in states, employers should review their grooming and appearance policies to ensure they are facially neutral and to eliminate any proxies for race, say Iván Resendiz Gutierrez and Rebecca Schach at Miller Nash.
By Bill Dugan, Damiya Park and Remy Snead
As employees returning to in-person work may be rusty when it comes to interacting with others in the same physical space, employers should work to prevent instances of discrimination and harassment between workers by taking steps such as updating policies and providing regular training, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.
By Patrick Hoff
A bill that would prohibit race-based hair discrimination in the workplace passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday and headed to the Senate, just days after the White House threw its support behind the legislation.
President Joe Biden's administration threw its support Tuesday behind a bill that would protect workers against race-based hair discrimination, a Democratic-sponsored measure that failed to clear the House of Representatives this month.
By Abby Wargo
A bill that would ban race-based hair discrimination in the workplace failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives, but a Democrat sponsoring the bill told Law360 that the CROWN Act had the necessary votes to clear the House in the near future.
A Black applicant who says an event planning outfit refused to rehire him after a pandemic furlough because he didn't cut his hair has slapped the company with a suit in California court under the state's trailblazing hairstyle discrimination law.
Although COVID-19 demanded much of state lawmakers' attention over the past year, legislators still found time to enact workplace bias statutes unrelated to the pandemic. Here, Law360 rounds up seven notable state discrimination and harassment laws that employers will soon have to observe.