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Connecticut Follows Trend in Banning Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

Connecticut Follows Trend in Banning Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

April 16, 2021 at 12:55 PM - employee policies,

On March 4, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law House Bill No. 6515, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of ethnic hairstyles historically associated with race. Known as the CROWN Act (which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), the law amends Connecticut’s anti-discrimination law to define race as “inclusive of ethic traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” Under the new law, "protective hairstyles" include "wigs, headwraps and hairstyles, such as individual braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs." 

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