CROWN Act Tracker

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.

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State- and territory-level legislation is bolded on the table below. Email Vin Gurrieri with tips on CROWN legislation around the United States.
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NEWS & ANALYSIS


AI, Religion, Diversity Top Of Mind For Bias Lawyers In 2024

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.

Kan. City Ordinance To Ban Hair Discrimination By Employers

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.

Pa. Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Discrimination Hairstyle Act

By Benjamin Morse

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.

Mich. Bars Employers From Hair-Based Discrimination

By Benjamin Morse

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. Signs Bill Barring Race-Based Hair Bias

By Benjamin Morse

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill prohibiting employers from engaging in race-based hair discrimination, following 20 states that have adopted similar measures.

Introducing Law360's CROWN Act Tracker

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.

Ariz. Gov. Orders Ban On Hairstyle Bias At State Agencies

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.

Minn. Legislators OK Ban On Race-Related Hairstyle Bias

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.

Illinois Legislation To Watch In 2023

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.

Black Attorneys Still Feel Stigma Of Natural Hair

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.

Workplace Hairstyle Bias Ban Takes Effect In Tennessee

By May Olvera

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.

5 Bills Discrimination Attys Should Watch In 2022's 2nd Half

By Vin Gurrieri

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.

Employers Must Heed Trend Toward Hairstyle Bias Bans

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.

Minimizing Bias Between Workers As Offices Reopen

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.

Federal Ban On Hairstyle Discrimination Clears House

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.

Biden Urges Congress To Pass Hairstyle Bias Bill

By May Olvera

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.

House Rep Says Hairstyle Bias Bill Still Alive After 'Setback'

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.

Black Worker Accuses Event Planning Co. Of Hairstyle Bias

By Amanda Ottaway

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.

7 New State Discrimination Laws Worth Keeping An Eye On

By Vin Gurrieri

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.

Raleigh Becomes Latest City To Pass Hair Bias Ban

By Max Kutner

Officials in Raleigh, North Carolina, agreed to update the city's policies to make clear that they bar discrimination against city workers based on their hair texture and style, adding the state's capital to a growing list of places with versions of the CROWN Act.