California to ban hairstyle discrimination

June 28, 2019

The California Legislature has passed a bill that would ban discrimination against hairstyles and enshrine equal rights protections in law for individuals who have afros, braids and other types of hair on their heads. [Cal Coast Times]

Following a 37-0 vote in the California Senate, the state Assembly voted 69-0 Thursday in favor of SB 188. The bill, which now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, would make California the first state in the country to ban discrimination against hairstyles.

SB 188 would make it illegal to discriminate in employment practices, including hiring and firing, over hair texture and protective hairstyles. The ban on hairstyle discrimination would also apply to housing and public education.

Additionally, the bill would redefine race in California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as in its equal rights in education statute, to also include traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles. The bill aims to counter alleged discrimination against black workers and prospective workers over their hair and allow them to keep their natural hairstyle.

“Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional,” the bill states. “Workplace dress code and grooming policies that prohibit natural hair, including afros, braids, twists and locks, have a disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group.”


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Cmonnow

Seriously…..it’s a joke right? The people who wanted that nonsense must’ve promised a lot of votes or gave a lot of cash. Its right up there with the most pressing issues of the day. They absolutely will not work to straighten out the border, they blew 50 million dollars on a train that doesn’t exist, and they tax anything they can whether you like it or not…but they got that nasty hair discrimination settled. No wonder they want open borders without regard to safety and health and give felons the right to vote….they need more votes (and our money) to keep their nice cushy jobs with all the perks, expense allowances, and raises…oh and excellent healthcare (not like what they want the rest of us to have). Can’t imagine why all these people are leaving the state….


Rich in MB

Is this Story from The Onion.


Mjd

Folks,


To pay for the enforcement of this important law, the state legislature is going to divert the newly increased gasoline sales tax, this blatant discrimination must end.


Thank you, politicians.


pi-on

So does this law shield employers whose employees have ‘eccentric’ hairstyles and work near moving parts? An example could be someone with long hair adjusting the timing on a running engine.


MrYan

Have you ever heard of a hair net pi-on?


You know the majority of white america in the 1970’s had long hair. I bet you can remember the mullet.


OSHA worked through your concerns long ago.


copperhead

Legislation protecting the speech of face and neck tattoos as well as disfigurement of the earlobes likely next.