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Governor Signs CROWN Act

GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER IS SIGNING A NEW LAW TO ADDRESS HAIR DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE.

 

THE “CROWN ACT” ENSURES EMPLOYERS CAN’T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES WHO WEAR THEIR HAIR NATURALLY OR IN ETHNIC STYLES. IT WAS SPONSORED IN THE HOUSE BY PEORIA REPRESENTATIVE JEHAN GORDON-BOOTH.

 

 

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT BLACK WOMEN ARE 80 PERCENT MORE LIKELY THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS TO CONFORM THEIR HAIRSTYLES TO MEET EXPECTATIONS AT WORK. 

 

 

THE LAW TAKES EFFECT IN JANUARY. A SIMILAR MEASURE WAS SIGNED LAST YEAR THAT BANNED SCHOOLS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST ETHNIC HAIRSTYLES.

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