Everything you need to know about the CROWN Act

On Behalf of | May 24, 2023 | Employment Law |

The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act is a law designed to combat discrimination based on natural hair and hairstyles.

Several states across the United States have enacted the legislation and it has been gaining attention as a crucial step in the fight against racial discrimination. In this article, we will answer some frequently asked questions about the CROWN Act.

What is the CROWN Act?

The CROWN Act is a law that prohibits discrimination against natural hair and hairstyles associated with race, such as afros, braids, twists and locks. The law recognizes that discrimination against natural hair and hairstyles is a form of racial discrimination.

Which states have enacted the CROWN Act?

As of 2021, several states, including California, New York, Virginia, Colorado and Washington, have enacted the CROWN Act. Many other states are considering similar legislation.

Who does the CROWN Act protect?

The CROWN Act protects individuals who wear natural hairstyles, from discrimination in the workplace and in schools. It also protects individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and other areas.

What are the consequences of violating the CROWN Act?

Violations of the CROWN Act can result in legal action, including lawsuits and penalties. Employers, schools and other entities found to be in violation of the CROWN Act may have to pay damages and take corrective action.

What should I do if I experience discrimination based on my natural hair or hairstyle?

If you experience discrimination based on your natural hair or hairstyle, you should document the incident and report it to your employer, school or other appropriate entity. You may also consider contacting a civil rights organization to learn about your rights and options.

As more states continue to enact this legislation, it is clear that there is a growing recognition of the need to protect individuals from this form of discrimination. By working together to uphold the principles of the CROWN Act, you can help create a more inclusive and respectful society for all.