California Becomes First State to Ban Hairstyle Discrimination

Hairstyles are associated with race and therefore protected against discrimination in the workplace and in schools.

  • Published 5 July 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks. The law by Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, a black woman who wears her hair in locks, makes California the first state to explicitly say that those hairstyles are associated with race and therefore protected against discrimination in… Read at AP News