The United States House of Representatives passed a bill banning hair discrimination in employment, public facilities, housing, and elsewhere after the House failed to pass the bill by a two-thirds majority in February.
The House introduced a bill (
The bill, along with competing court rulings emphasizing prejudices against certain styles, seeks to unify a patchwork of state laws against this form of prejudice, including locks, braids, bantu knots, and other hairstyles. prohibit discrimination against
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The House tried last month to move the bill forward under a special rule, but it didn’t happen.republican congressman
On the House floor before the vote, Jordan said lawmakers should instead focus on tackling issues such as energy self-sufficiency and inflation.
“It’s not Democrats. They’ll be looking at the hair bill,” he said.
House Majority Leader
“Like I said, this bill isn’t about hair,” he said. “But it’s reaction, inequality, discrimination, ‘not welcome here’ when you have different hair textures.”
Proponents of the bill say the clarifications the law provides are needed because opinions are divided among federal appeals courts.
The White House also supports the bill.
In a March 15 policy statement, the Biden administration said, “Such discrimination imposes enormous economic losses, disrupted learning, and denial of economic opportunity on people of color.” “For example, black women experience discrimination in employment because of their natural hairstyles, and black girls experience school discipline at disproportionate rates, sometimes because of discriminatory hair violations. “
It is unclear how the bill will be handled in the Senate. Sen.
The official name of the CROWN Act is “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act”.
Summary of BGOV Bill: HR 2116, Natural Hair Discrimination (1)