CROWN Act (California)

The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act' (SB 188) is a California law which prohibits discrimination based on hair style and hair texture by extending protection for both categories under the FEHA and the California Education Code. It is the first legislation passed at the state level in the United States to prohibit such discrimination.

The CROWN Act, which was drafted and sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell, was passed unanimously in both chambers of the California Legislature by June 27, 2019, and was signed into law on July 3, 2019.[1]

A similar version of this bill was subsequently adopted in New Jersey and New York City. Plenty of other states have potential bills like this in the works, such as South Carolina.[2]


  1. ^ "California becomes first state to ban discrimination against natural hair". CBS News. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ Masters, Collin (2020-01-29). "New SC bill could end race-based hair discrimination". WCIV. Retrieved 2020-03-25.

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