St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signs bill banning discrimination based on hair

ST. LOUIS – In 2019 California became the first state in the country to pass the CROWN Act, which stands for creating a respectful and open world for natural hair. The measure made it illegal to discriminate against black employees or students because of their hairstyles. Since then, other states including Washington, New York, Colorado, and Virginia have passed similar laws.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones signed the bill on Friday.

“Hair discrimination is discrimination and so many black and brown people with natural or curly hair have long had discrimination in the workplace, elsewhere, or in school,” she said.

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The new law prohibits “discrimination in employment and housing decisions, including, without limitation, recruitment, promotion and compensation, and discrimination in housing practices based on a person’s hairstyle, guard hair, or natural or cultural hair structure or type.”

A similar bill was submitted for consideration by St. Louis County Council last month. Kansas City already has an ordinance in place.

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