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New York State follows California's Lead with CROWN Act

California is known for its stance on discrimination. It's one of the states with the harshest penalties for employers and benefits for employees.

The result of California's recent CROWN Act, which bans hair discrimination, is that other states are taking note, too. New York State has now followed in its footsteps, making hair discrimination against the law.

On July 12, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that bans racial discrimination based on hairstyles or natural hair in New York, mimicking the verbiage of the recent Crown Act in California. New York City is only the second state to ban discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles, a change made to protect black men and women.

California was the first state to pass legislation to protect against hair-related discrimination on July 3. The act, CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act now bans employers from enforcing race neutral grooming, which is known to disproportionately affect women and men of color.

Thanks to acts like these, people can go to work without the fear of being discriminated against due to what their hair looks like naturally or in protective hair styles. If you are discriminated against after the passage and implementation of an act such as the CROWN Act, then it is your right to pursue changes in your workplace and to fight back against that discrimination. Your attorney may be able to help you seek compensation and to encourage retraining of your employer as well as fines and penalties for violating the law regarding hair-related discrimination in America.

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