More than a dozen state legislatures already passed a variation of the CROWN Act and more than a half dozen states are considering a version of the CROWN Act.
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Via Conn Maciel Carey | image: Rearview studio shot of a young woman with curly natural hair | Natural Hairstyles in the Workplace: The CROWN Act

More than a dozen state legislatures already passed a variation of the CROWN Act and more than a half dozen states are considering a version of the CROWN Act. Federal legislation was introduced in Congress in December 2019 and re-introduced in March 2021. The CROWN Act passed in the House on March 18, 2022 and is now under consideration in the Senate. The federal version is broader in scope than some state legislation and is called Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2022 ("CROWN Act of 2022"). The federal legislation’s stated purpose "is to institute definitions of race and national origin for Federal civil rights laws that effectuate the comprehensive scope of protection Congress intended to be afforded by such law and Congress’ objective to eliminate race and national origin discrimination in the United States."

As the myriad of legal actions make clear, hair has served as a basis of race and national origin discrimination. The CROWN Act, in its various versions, expands the legal definition of race as a protected class to include traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and style.

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