Are Black Americans more likely to be discriminated against in the workplace because of their natural hair? Does your hair texture or type define how well you will do your job? Let’s define what hair discrimination is. It is when an employer has a hair or grooming policy that has an unequal effect on people with specific textured hair types that have not been straightened or chemically changed. It is believed that straight hair is more professional and neater, while textured hair is believed to be the opposite.
So, is there any law that protects employees with natural hair in the workplace? Yes, there is. There is a law called the CROWN Act which prohibits discrimination based on hair style and hair texture. C.R.O.W.N. stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. Not all states have adopted this law; however, enforcement of the CROWN Act will require employers and schools to examine their hair and grooming policies and their unequal effect on Black Americans and other minorities. To find out more about this law, click the button below: